Kitzmiller v. DASD
Right now there is a fight over evolution and creationism in public school classrooms. It is taking place in Dover, PA and it looks so far like the losers are going to be the creationists, or as they like to be called these days Intelligent Design (ID) theorists. What is interesting to me is how these ID theorists can hold that their views are not religious.
The plaintiffs argue that intelligent design – which posits that some aspects of life, yet unexplained by evolution, are best attributed to an unnamed and unseen intelligent designer – really is a disguised version of creationism, the adherence to the biblical account of creation.
Not so, said Behe, during often heated exchanges with counsel for the plaintiffs during cross-examination. “Creationism is “180 degrees different from intelligent design,” he said. “Creationism is a theological concept. Intelligent design is a scientific theory that relies on physical, empirical, observable evidence in nature plus logical inferences.”
Let me see if I have this right.
- Evolution and natural processes cannot account for certain “complex” biological structures (e.g. the E. coli flagellum.
- Hence a designer is the only explanation.
- The designer is not supernatural.
It seems to me that 3 contradicts 1. So either ID is completely incoherent or the designer is supernatural and ID really is religion. I think that deep down Behe knows this.
Behe, who identifies himself as a Roman Catholic, said that although intelligent design cannot scientifically identify the designer and does not rule out a natural cause, he believes it is God.
It seems to me there is virtually no way that this lawsuit can be won by the IDists/Creationists. This is going to run smack into the establisment clause and lose. The bit about not ruling out natural causes is ridiculous because that is precisely the premise of intelligent design. That natural processes such as evolution cannot explain certain complexities in biology. Lets follow the logic here again.
- On some other planets intelligent life arose via natural processes, but don’t have things like proteins, flagella, or any other irreducibly complex biological structures.
- These intelligent…ameobas…or whatever somehow managed to design life here on earth.
Frankly it is mindboggling that somebody could put this kind of a theory forward and at the same time with a straight face claim it is science and based on data and observations.