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Intelligent design in Dover

Dover teachers must read this to their students:

Because Darwin’s theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered. The theory is not a fact. Gaps in the theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations.

Yeah, evolution is a theory. Gravity is another theory. You may have heard of germ theory.

Theories in science are treated as fact, as the best available explanation of how things are. They aren't just good guesses - that would be a hypothesis. If you don't know the difference, you shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a science advisory board.

The central tenet of intelligent design is that any mysteries in nature that we can't explain today are the result of manipulations by some intelligent designer. This designer doesn't fall under any of the rules of nature or science that we understand, and so is by definition "supernatural." The very idea of teaching a science which is based on something that is inherently unexplainable by science must make your head ache, if you can wrap your mind around the basic absurdity of the whole enterprise.

Besides the silliness involved in invoking a magical invisible being to explain anything we don't currently know, it is dangerous. If you decide that some things are just unknowable, scientific research stops. When research stops, progress in the sciences stops. When progress stops, society stops. See Dark Ages, a period where scientists were told that all which was knowable was known - 400 years of utter societal and political stagnation resulted.

Deus ex machina is no basis for a science program.

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