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August 23, 2005

Classic STF analysis on "Intelligent Design" movement.

-- by Thomas Leavitt

STF readers will be very familiar with many of the concepts, principles and players mentioned in the article below.

Politicized Scholars Put Evolution on the Defensive

The "intelligent design" controversy, especially as it manifests in the "teach the controversy" approach, is a classic example of long-term right-wing thinking that eventually winds up inserting a formerly "fringe" idea into the mainstream of discussion, and of turning an issue on it's head: now, the issue is promoting "academic freedom" so that people can make "legitimate criticisms of Darwin", not teaching "Creationism" and replacing science with religion.

... and the Discovery Institute (an offshoot of the Hudson Institute) is an example par excellence what the right wing funds, and how the resulting organizations operate.

Posted by Thomas Leavitt at August 23, 2005 3:43 AM

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Don't forget about Discovery Institute's "Wedge Document".
Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. Bringing together leading scholars from the natural sciences and those from the humanities and social sciences, the Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.

Read the rest...NYTimes and all of us that write about them and ID are just playing into their hands, the ultimate manipulation.

Posted by: CE Petro [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2005 6:19 PM

Just a thought but maybe we should support having "intelligent Design" taught in our schools. Now before you go ballistic, just hear me out. They deeply want this in our schools. But this is only one religious belief about how we got here. And by only showing this one belief it could be seen as descrimination. So, lets show EVERY religious belief. Lets clog up the classroom time with ALL the beliefs about how we came into existence. Let's smother them with their own demands in this area. Let's play mental Judo and us their strength against them by being fair in bringing ALL RELIGIOUS, MYTHICAL AND SPIRITITUAL ideas of creation into the classroom to be studied. It is the only fair thing to do.

Posted by: banjopuk [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 26, 2005 8:46 AM

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