Thursday, March 04, 2004

Cincinnati Wimps Since I wasted two minutes of my valuable time reading this worthless editorial from the Cincinnati Enquirer, I figured I may as well give all of you the same opportunity. Last year the Ohio School Board fended off a challenge to introduce ID theory into their science classrooms. Their eventual solution involved strengthening the references to evolution in their science standards (which was good!), while also adding a clause that students should "investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory" (which sounds good, but is really just a back-door for introducing creationism).

Of course, if the critical analysis were directed at those aspects of evolutionary theory that do generate controversy among professionals then no scientist would object to this. The trouble is that these controversies generally deal with the more esoteric parts of the theory, and are not the sort of thing that usually comes up in science classrooms. What scientists do object to is teaching about manufactured controversies that carry no weight among knowledgable people, but do allow room for a religious agenda to be promoted.

One especially creless quote from the article deserves special mention:

At the center, again, is the concept of "intelligent design," which proposes that some higher intelligence played a role. Evolutionary scientists scoff at the notion, calling it religious creationism masquerading as science. They say it has no business in the science classroom.

Of course, evolutionary scientists, in general, do not scoff at the idea of intelligent design. They only scoff at the asinine and manifestly false claims made by certain religious hacks. Subtle difference.


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