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Aliens Built the Pyramids. No, really. Well, you can’t prove they didn’t, can you?

We’ve all heard, over and over, the so-called debate that “Intelligent Design” should be taught in science classes.

This is my screed.

Nope. There’s no other response, really. It’s an attempt to disguise Biblical Creationism as a science. Instead of looking at evidence and forming conclusions, it twists evidence to fit it’s previously defined conclusion, namely that God created the earth, etc.

It isn’t always Young Earth, which is the belief that the earth is only 6000 years old. It still isn’t a science. Remember, evolution has nothing to do with how life started. No evidence for evolution has anything to do with understanding how life started.

Sorry, you’re wrong.

Here’s a nice example from Blag Hag on the misinterpretation of scientific findings. This is pretty much par for the course. The claims look reasonable until you dig a little deeper.

So when they ask to “teach the debate”, they’re making shit up.  There is no debate. No scientist who understands evolution thinks that it is false.

So you know what? Creationism is fine in public schools, in a comparative religion class. I do think comparative religion would be great in high school.

I wonder how many parents are bright enough to tell the difference between teaching and preaching. Well, don’t say I’m not hopeful at times.

Nonetheless, it does not belong in a science class, even when referred to as intelligent design. Evolution is a hypothesis with a dump truck of evidence behind it; in other words, it’s the best theory available. It, in fact, is a theory. Let’s make sure we’re working with the proper definition. We don’t want our equivocation to slip, now do we?

Creationism has the Bible. Which from an objective standpoint has no more value than any other piece of (let’s be generous) historical fiction. Again, if you have any doubt as to whether it belongs in a science class, ask yourself one question:

Whose creation?

To expand that question, which religion? Christianity? Hinduism? Taoism? Intelligent Design is based on the Christian sense of creation. If it were a science, it would be open to other interpretations.

As far as I’m aware, there are no other “fields” of Intelligent Design.

None of these belief systems have greater authority than the other, which is to say, it’s all sociological mythology. The universe is carried by an old man in a sack who drew us all on stone. Think I’m wrong? It’s turtles all the way down, I tell you.

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  1. January 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I spent this weekend with a home schooler friend of mine who is very upset that I left the religion. Her husband and her thought they were going to convince me to go back to God.

    One argument was that natural beauty speaks of the existence of God. I said, “Well, I’ve seen beautiful canyons and ridges that have been created by earthquakes or other forces of nature, like sea waves hitting the rock for thousands of years.

    “You don’t see God in nature?”

    “No.”

  1. March 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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