Thursday, August 25, 2005

Intelligent Fools

Defending evolution has been surprisingly topical this summer. The Onion wrote a wicked parody—"Intelligent Falling"—of how Intelligent Design types (let's be generous) reason about things, such as gravity. Here's a taste:
"Gravity—which is taught to our children as a law—is founded on great gaps in understanding. The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force. Isaac Newton himself said, 'I suspect that my theories may all depend upon a force for which philosophers have searched all of nature in vain.' Of course, he is alluding to a higher power.

Founded in 1987, the ECFR is the world's leading institution of evangelical physics, a branch of physics based on literal interpretation of the Bible.

According to the ECFR paper published simultaneously this week in the International Journal Of Science and the adolescent magazine God's Word For Teens!, there are many phenomena that cannot be explained by secular gravity alone, including such mysteries as how angels fly, how Jesus ascended into Heaven, and how Satan fell when cast out of Paradise."

This is a perfect case of Charles II's dead fish. The "failures" and "gaps" don't expose the theory to falsification becaue they are only "failures" from some erroneous point of view. There are always unaswered questions and questioned answers. To jump from the current inability on the part of scientists to answer possibly valid questions about evolution to Intelligent Design is to make a more drastic move than the question warrants.

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