Grow Some Testables
William Saletan writes about the trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, over the school board's requirement that intelligent design be taught. Money quote:
Under the policy, "Students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin's Theory and of other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, Intelligent Design." Notice the "of" before "other theories." The policy doesn't tell teachers to discuss gaps and problems in ID. It tells them to discuss gaps and problems in Darwinism—and then to discuss ID as an alternative "theory." The board's brief makes clear that the policy's aim is "informing students about the existing scientific controversy surrounding Darwin's Theory of Evolution, including the fact that there are alternative scientific theories."
The professor best known for championing intelligent design is Michael Behe, and Saletan discusses Behe's claim that intelligent design is, in fact, a falsifiable theory. Behe describes a hypothetical experiment that could disprove intelligent design, but you know what? I don't buy for a second that Behe would accept any experimental findings like the ones he describes. Once a "scientist" uses the old "because God made it that way" answer, why wouldn't he keep using it to explain anything that occurs in the lab?
Thanks to Paul Noonan for the tip.