Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The 'Scientist' who Supports Intelligent Design

Slate has some good coverage by Hanna Rosin of the trial going on in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She writes primarily about Michael Behe, whom we've discussed before.

I've met biologists who are strict Biblical literalists. Usually they exhibit a certain humility and reconcile their twin beliefs by admitting that there are many mysteries of creation the tools of science can never explain. Behe utterly lacks that deference. In his book, he writes that ID should be ranked as "one of the greatest achievements in the history of science," rivaling "Newton and Einstein, Lavoisier and Schrodinger, Pasteur and Darwin." The evidence of design is all around us, and any honest scientist would embrace that as the obvious Ur-Explanation.

My 4-year-old daughter feels this way, too. She marvels at how a katydid looks exactly like a leaf, or how stars really do twinkle in the sky. But I'm hoping by ninth grade her thinking will have evolved.


At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:31 AM, Blogger tiffs.labyrinth said...

oops..didn't mean to post that anonymously

At 8:53 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

Since Behe is a Catholic, and the Catholic church believes in evolution, perhaps he should be excommunicated. The only reason I bring this up is to use the word 'excommunicate' in a sentence.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger MDS said...

tiffs.labyrinth, my sincere apologies for deleting your post. Could you put it back up? Anonymous posts are almost always spam, and I deleted it without realizing yours was the exception.

dhodge, I would definitely like to see the Catholic chuch excommunicate Behe, although I think that's about as likely as Benedict becoming a stripper at Chippendales.


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