Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Genesis of Intelligent Design

Sally Kalson is really mad! She is so angry that her rambling column about 'Intelligent Design' managed to criticize Sunoco, Rummy and Tom Cruise. How clever, playing on the "intelligent" in Intelligent Design to show how un-intelligent everyone else is. Look in a mirror, curly.

As bad as her column was, Kalson is on to something. As the PA State Legislature debates teaching Intelligent Design, hastening PA's great race to the bottom, a small school district in Dover, PA is actually attempting to teach this junk in the classroom. In 1925, the modern world thought we had finally laid the issue of creationism to rest. Apparently Central PA is stuck in 1895.

Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, submitted a column to the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 3 regarding the Dover School District's apparent insanity. Dawkins outlined the primary defense of Creationism: Ignorance.

"If Evolution Theory fails in some particular, Creationism must be right! Creationists leap to the default God conclusion without even looking to see if it fails in the same particular. Intelligent Desing is granted a charmed immunity to the rigorous demands made of evolution."

The bafflingly complex, the completely misunderstood, the undefinable. These are the things that keep scientists working late into the hours of the night searching for discovery. The ever shrinking realm of the unknown might be the playground of the ambitious scientist... unfortunately it is also the primary defense of Creationist.

"Gaps by default are filled by God. You don't understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Good! Photosynthesis is a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please don't go to work on the problem; just give up and appeal to God. Don't squander precious ignorance by researching it away. Ignorance is God's Gift to Dover."

Amen, Professor Dawkins.

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