Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Intelligent Design

All due respect to the prez, but since when has he become an expert in pedagogy, evolution or intelligent design? Do you want some one who professes to never read anything making suggestions on how we should run schools? I am sure W wouldn't want us to tell him how to run his administration, nor his former baseball teams....

Slice:
President Bush said on Monday that schools should teach "intelligent design," a theory asserting that an intelligent agent helped shape the origins and history of the earth and life, in addition to evolution, the theory of life that enjoys overwhelming support from scientists.

Mr. Bush, who spoke in an interview with reporters from five Texas newspapers, said students should learn about intelligent design to understand the debate over creation-of-life theories. His support could help the efforts of Christian conservatives who have pushed for public schools to teach the theory.

"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Mr. Bush told the reporters. "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes."

Intelligent-design theory holds that some biological systems are so complex that they could have arisen only through the action of an intelligent force -- ostensibly divine -- and not simply through Darwinian evolution.

7 comments:

rcoley said...

Heh heh... Although, I don't agree much with Bush, I do agree that Intelligent Design should be included in the discussion with the Theory of Evolution. I think both theories are backed by faith. The theory of evolution has a lot of things that are not explainable and so does Intelligent Design. Even though the Theory of Evolution can be backed by Science more than the Intelligent Design, (for the simple fact that it doesn't have the years of research behind it...) doesn't mean that we should leave the Intelligent Design theory out in the cold.

Nedhead said...

Yes, it is always a good idea to take recommendations on education from someone who doesn't read. I wonder if that includes the bible?

I would personally prefer to be hit around the eyes and ears with bibles than to have religion taught to me in school.

Anonymous said...

I think both theories are backed by faith.

No, Intelligent Design is a new word for "creationism", has no scientific evidence whatsoever to back it up, cannot be proven or disproven by definition, and is therefore entirely based on faith and not scientific at all.

Evolution, on the other hand, has evidence to back it up (SCIENTIFIC evidence of evolution exists everywhere), it can in fact be proven using scientific methods, and has the backing of the scientific community at large. It is therefore, not based on faith (unless you consider believing in science to be faith, which would be pretty stupid).

Intelligent design is just a new name for an old idea. It teaches a religious foundation for the creation of life on earth, and as such has no business whatsoever in our public schools. If parents want their kids to know about intelligent design, they can teach their kids THEMSELVES (oh what a concept), or SEND THEM TO PRIVATE SCHOOL.

Once you introduce religious teachings in public schools, you have to teach EVERY religious teaching, and this is downright impossible.

Anonymous said...

I think both theories are backed by faith.

No, Intelligent Design is a new word for "creationism", has no scientific evidence whatsoever to back it up, cannot be proven or disproven by definition, and is therefore entirely based on faith and not scientific at all.

Evolution, on the other hand, has evidence to back it up (SCIENTIFIC evidence of evolution exists everywhere), it can in fact be proven using scientific methods, and has the backing of the scientific community at large. It is therefore, not based on faith (unless you consider believing in science to be faith, which would be pretty stupid).

Intelligent design is just a new name for an old idea. It teaches a religious foundation for the creation of life on earth, and as such has no business whatsoever in our public schools. If parents want their kids to know about intelligent design, they can teach their kids THEMSELVES (oh what a concept), or SEND THEM TO PRIVATE SCHOOL.

Once you introduce religious teachings in public schools, you have to teach EVERY religious teaching, and this is downright impossible.

SheaNC said...

Yes, evolution is backed by scientific research, not by faith. Those religoids who use the catchphrases about the "theory" of evolution are unaware of contemporary science. Evolution was a theory a hundred years ago. It was moved from theory to proven fact years ago. It does not threaten religion in any way. Why are they so afraid of it? And why do they keep trying to portray their mythology as science? What is this, the 13th century or something!?

Ken Grandlund said...

I suppose Bush means everyone BUT him needs to be exposed to different ideas.

All this coming from Bush is kind of laughable, given his explanation.

Anonymous said...


rcoley, heads up!

100 scientists think ''intelligent design'' is an alternative to evolution?

100 scientists probably think smoking is good for you. 100 scientists probably think it's a good idea to fly planeloads of passengers into tall buildings. Should these alternatives to the conventional view be taught in school?