Tuesday, August 02, 2005

*Sigh*

This is getting annoying.

Everyday, I see realism become a smaller and smaller minority in America. So let's go over the basics agian...

1. Intelligent design is creationism. As long as you put the creation of life in a box and label it "God did it," you are preaching creationism. That case was decided at the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925. Guess what happened.

2. Every intelligent design argument has been refuted, but no one pays any attention. No, seriously. All of them. If you have something new, email me. I promise I'll be interested.

3. Naturalism (the premise of science that everything can be explained by a natural, as opposed to supernatural cause) has held up for hundreds of years. If you want to challenge it, you should have actual evidence, laid out systematically.

4. Be very careful when insulting the work of thousands of scientists. Hundreds of grad students spend 60 hours a week studying evolutionary biology. People have done their thesis work on it. Academics spend their lives on science, with minimal reward. We do it out of love, and because we want to make the world better. If we had an alterior agenda, we would have gone into buisiness. We're serious about our work.

5. If you want to keep your toys, your computer, your car, your house, you should not drive scientists out of your society.

Anti-Intellectualism is a dangerous thing. Ever wonder why America is behind the rest of the world? It's partially because of our school systems, no doubt, but mostly, I think it's because of the attitude that our society holds toward academics. State-sanctioned dismissal of the opinions of the educated on a matter of education is another step down a path we don't want to be on.

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