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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant
Richard Dawkins speaks up. Finally. On the goings on in Kansas....

Admissions of ignorance and mystification are vital to good science. It is therefore galling, to say the least, when enemies of science turn those constructive admissions around and abuse them for political advantage. Worse, it threatens the enterprise of science itself. This is exactly the effect that creationism or “intelligent design theory” (ID) is having, especially because its propagandists are slick, superficially plausible and, above all, well financed. ID, by the way, is not a new form of creationism. It simply is creationism disguised, for political reasons, under a new name.
Read the whole thing.

And when you're done reading that, pop over to the New Yorker, and read H. Allen Orr's excellent article on Intelligent Design, entitled "Devolution", in which he not only does a great job explaining William Dembski's crackpot theories, but also does a terrific job illustrating the sheer ludicrousness of his claims. Good stuff.
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