Sunday, August 29, 2004

Seebach on WIDF

Columnist Linda Seebach of The Rocky Mountain News has produced another excellent column on the subject of Evolution and ID. This time she is endorsing the recent book Why Intelligent Design Fails, edited by Taner Edis and Matt Young. Here's an excerpt:

The last time I wrote a column that mentioned evolution, a reader complained on his Web log that probably 20 percent of my columns were on that topic. (Though he was kind enough to describe himself as a fan, on that particular topic he is not.) That turns out to be wrong, as it happens; I asked our archives to find anything with my byline containing the word "evolution," and there are 15, over seven years. Not all of them are columns, and not all of them are about biology, but 4 percent is pretty close. And why not? I write about things I'm interested in, I'm interested in science and evolutionary biology is a particularly fascinating part of science. It's a very active field, so there's always something new to write about.

That would be reason enough to make it a frequent topic, but in addition there's the fact that it is politically important because many people believe evolutionary biology is wrong, or at least incomplete. Some of them are actively seeking to replace it in school science curriculums with what they believe, and since I think they're wrong, I don't want them to be able to do that.

And that's why I think it would be good if lots of people read a new volume of essays, Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism. The editors are Matt Young, who teaches physics at the Colorado School of Mines, and Taner Edis, who teaches physics at Truman State University in Kirkland, Mo. The essays are focused on explaining why the claims of intelligent design proponents are scientifically unsound, and they are accessible to people who are not experts in science.

One small quibble: Truman State University is actually located in Kirksville, MO.