Bad Science Reporting
Why must we be saddled with reporters who don’t understand basic scientific terminology?
The school board has ordered that biology teachers at Dover Area High School make students “aware of gaps/problems” in the theory of evolution. Their ninth-grade curriculum now must include the theory of “intelligent design,” which posits that life is so complex and elaborate that some greater wisdom has to be behind it.
Theory of Intelligent Design (ID)? ID is not a theory. A theory should explain observed phenomena. Failure to do so means that whatever notion/concept one is working on is not a theory. ID is not a theory for precisely the reason noted by this reporter.
The intelligent-design theory makes no reference to the Bible, and its proponents do not say who or what the greater force is behind the design.
I find it simply stunning that a reporter can write such a misleading column. You cannot have a theory that simply points to the short comings in the current dominant theory. It is the first step in the process of displacing the current theory, but it sure isn’t a theory in-and-of-itself.
Patricia Nason at the Institute for Creation Research, the world leader in creation science, said her organization and other activist groups are encouraging people who share conservative religious beliefs to seek positions on local school boards.
Creation science? Is that like Creation math that has pi = 3? Just curious if we should be redefining our number system. Personally, I want to redefine 1 = 0.