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Monday, September 26, 2005

Intelligence on trial

Will American be a country where education and innovation will drive us to new pinnacles of creation and understanding? Or will we revert back to Neanderthal who bark at the moon? A court case may decide.

The sad thing is that just today there's a story about how decoding the chimpanzee genome (how did they get Bush to sit still for so long?) allows a prediction of the theory of evolution to be put to the test: the number of harmful genetic mutations expected. And guess what? The actual number seen is well within the range predicted by evolution. Now, this isn't an apple falling on somebody's head, but it's the biological equivalent.

Of course, this won't matter to the wackos.


At 4:24 AM, September 27, 2005, Blogger David Weinlick said...

It's apt that you mention Neanderthals, because they represent a marvelous course of debate regarding evolution. Many earlier theorists argued that we evolved from Neanderthals, as your jest suggests. Now, however, scientists argue that Neanderthals were a separate line that existed alongside modern humans, and subsequently died out when we were more successful.

It would be a shame to close off scientifically rigorous debate...

At 7:38 AM, September 27, 2005, Blogger MN Campaign Report said...

I hope you don't think this is a good argument in favor of allowing "Intelligent Design" into science classes.

There is simply no debate to be had. In the article the original post mentions, someone interviewed said that ID is not a scientifically testable theory; therefore it is not science. Period. End of the story.

Science is the study of natural phenomena that can be observed, tested, and hypothesized about using the data gathered from that testing. Trying to say that there are components of Evolution that can't be explained by natural phenomena leaves out just enough evidence and twists the story of evolution just enough to make ID *sound* reasonable as a scientific alternative. Which it is not.


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