Monday, August 22, 2005

Meet The New Science -- No Science Involved!

So the NYT publishes an article about Intelligent Design saying how much money has been spent on funding 'science' research.
"$792,585 financed laboratory or field research in biology, paleontology or biophysics, while $93,828 helped graduate students in paleontology, linguistics, history and philosophy"
Now that's a fair amount of money. One would reasonably expect some actual 'science' to be performed with those funds, would they not? Well, the money went somewhere, but as anyone can find out for themselves, not one scientific paper has been written. (Click here to read the whole article and find out how to confirm this.)

In order for Intelligent Design (ID) to be considered a "scientific" theory one has to actually, you know, publish the science and have it peer reviewed by other scientists. So why is the MSM discussing ID as a scientific theory when, in reality, no actual science has ever been performed?

Don't miss the next Science issue of the New York Times, where an exciting discussion of the alternative theories of witchcraft and voodoo and why they should be taught in medical school. Disagree at y0ur own peril, you cultural elitist!

People used to think that thunder and lightening represented God's anger. Now we know it's just the weather. Does that weaken a person's faith? Is God somehow lessened by this substitution of science for God?

Executive Summary: All you really need to know about the ID/fundie folks is that science is an abomination until they need antibiotics.

"The creationists' fondness for "gaps" in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. Gaps, by default, are filled by God. You don't know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You don't understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent! Is photosynthesis a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please don't go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God. Dear scientist, don't work on your mysteries. Bring us your mysteries for we can use them. Don't squander precious ignorance by researching it away. Ignorance is God's gift to Kansas. "

Richard Dawkins, FRS.
Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, at Oxford University
Taken from his essay
Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant

(More here)

Free 2002 Scientific American article in PDF


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