October 19th, 2005
Intelligent Design is for fucking dopes.
But oh, no! They got to Scientific American, too!
I think teaching Intelligent Design is actually a really good idea. It, along with any number of other creation myths, makes for a fascinating curriculum. In a biology class? Ludicrous. Among the humanities? A necessity.
As a believer in intelligent design, I will be royally pissed off if my kids are learning it in biology class.
Teach the kids the science of it. Then let the kid extrapolate, if he believes in a God that created the universe.
Let me rephrase. "As a believer in the most non-threatening form of intelligent design" is what I should have said.
That form of belief goes like this.
I believe in God. I believe he made everything. My best guess is, He did it the way science shows that it happened.
Whether that means he deliberately started a random process over which He did not allow Himself to exercise control, or whether he periodically loaded the dice to make for certain outcomes, I do not know and I do not care.
Because, frankly, if you believe in God, and you believe He made everything, what's the difference whether He said "Look! (bang) Here's Adam and Eve!" or "Look! (severe lack of "bang," characterized by billions of years of evolution) Here's six billion plus people that came from a string of proteins I put together!"
What's the difference, really, between God creating the world billions of years ago and God creating it five thousand years ago but making it look older? Or even creating the world five seconds ago, but giving everyone a lifetime of intact memories? If you believe in an omnipotent God, any of those are possibilities. So why fight about "God did it according to my unproven, largely untested and untestable theory!"...?
Just leave it to philosophers and theologians, and teach the science part to the kids.
"...severe lack of "bang," characterized by billions of years of evolution..."
Actually, rather than severely lacking, I understand the evolution-preceding bang was quite Big.
Thank you. I'll be here all week.