Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Intelligent Design

Debate about Intelligent Design continues to rage in the general public with both President Bush and Senator Frist making statements in favor of including discussion of ID in the science curriculum. In an op-ed piece in the NYTimes over the weekend, Daniel Dennett takes issue with ID. His comments can be readily summarized by simply noting that he is a philosopher and not a scientist. There is no science to ID. No testable hypothesis. Within the scientific community, there is no controversy about the theory of evolution per se. ID has offered no explanations for observable phenomena that can not be explained by evolution. He concludes with some excellent questions that might be appropriate for the non-science curriculum.

Since there is no content, there is no "controversy" to teach about in biology class. But here is a good topic for a high school course on current events and politics: Is intelligent design a hoax? And if so, how was it perpetrated?
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