Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Shoe's on the Other Foot...the teaching of ID

A new flap about intelligent design in Kansas: according to the Lawrence Journal World, University of Kansas Professor Paul Mirecki is planning to teach a course that treats intelligent design as a creation myth:

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/nov/22/ku_class_angers_design_advocates/?city_local.
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Of course this has angered Intelligent Design Advocates such as John Calvert. Calvert whines:

"To equate intelligent design to mythology is really an absurdity, and it's just another example of labeling anybody who proposes (intelligent design) to be simply a religious nut,Calvert said. "“That'’s the reason for this little charade."”

and then goes on to complain according to the reporter that "the teaching of intelligent design requires an extensive understanding of evolution and science."

Now the shoe is on the other foot. After all Steve Abrams and the gang of six on the board of education have no scientific let alone evolution expertise and none of the ID advocates the Board used as experts has any significant experience in evolutionary biology either, and this includes Michael Behe, in spite of his credentials as a DNA biochemist.

So John Calvert, if the Board of Education can listen to witnesses who are ill trained in evolutionary biology instead of real scientists, then fair is fair and a religious studies professor can teach about ID. At least he is teaching it in a more proper framework as mythology.

Of course, perhaps one ought to make a distinction between mythology and pseudoscience. A legitimate argumentt can be made that ID is not even mythology but just pseudoscience advanced to justify a particular political agenda.
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