Thursday, August 18, 2005

Intelligent Design... sigh

Haha... intelligent and delightful. On a more serious note, here is a thorough essay discussing and refuting ID.

Relevance for Canadians and those in the UK.

Additionally, as I have another decent Dennett quotation and it fits the subject matter, I thought I'd share the thoughts of someone likely smarter than either of us.

"The evidence of evolution pours in, not only from geology, paleontology, biogeography, and anatomy (Darwin's chief sources), but from molecular biology and every other branch of the life sciences. To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant - inexcusably ignorant, in a world where three out of four people have learned to read and write. Doubts about the power of Darwin's idea of natural selection to explain this evolutionary process are still intellectually respectable, however, although the burdern of proof for such skepticism has become immense..."
-Daniel C. Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea

1 Comments:

Anonymous Trish said...

I'm using the quote pulled from the text of relevance to Canadians: "They found it difficult to agree with something they didn't agree with."

I find it to be one of the poorest excuses ever to try to stop people from learning evolution at school. It's called having options. If these parents want to have the line drawn out for their kids right from the beginning, can they trully expect them to grow? Are they afraid that their kids will make a decision that they will not agree with, like believe that evolution is more plausible than the biblical explanation?

The same people who fear to lose 'control' over their kids are often times the same people who will use any element of culture they disagree with as a scapegoat for their bad parenting.

It appalls me that these people could find that reason enough to halt the teaching of evolution. I hope this is not an idea that will spread throughout Canada. I think only simple minded people and fools could be convinced by such a poor argument.

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