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Where’s the science?

February 5, 2006

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To the editor:

In my Jan. 27 letter, I discussed the scientific content of William Dembski's speech. Science was his focus. In a letter on Jan. 30, Richard Smith rightly pointed out that Dembski also expressed religious beliefs, asserting that a Godlike intelligence was applied repeatedly in the history of life and that God uses materialistic natural laws to supplement his work. Some Christians, myself included, find such an image - a God who plays hide-and-seek; now you see him, now you don't - to be almost silly when God's awesome presence is evident everywhere always.

But we're talking religion. Dembski's speech was on the science of intelligent design. He did start out with scientific observations of complex natural phenomena, such as bacterial flagella, but he drew religious conclusions from that data, didn't he, simply saying that such phenomena are "best explained as a result of intelligence." OK, but exactly which phenomena? What intelligence? What is that "best explanation"? And how are intelligent designs built? (I thought evolution was God's method, but Dembski finds evolution unintelligent.)

So, apparently these questions cross over into religion. God, who can cause the sea to part and the sun to stand still, can certainly make anything happen in the biological sphere. Intelligent design, then, involves unexplained miracles like we read about in the Bible! That's OK with me; I'm a believer, too. But where's the science?

Comments

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 10 months ago

The science is nowhere to be found, because the facts of science do not support ID creationism.

Ember 8 years, 10 months ago

I still want to ask one of these I.D. proponents why our scientific knowledge base continues to grow if everything was designed by someone/thing else.

100 years ago, we certainly didn't have the knowledge that we do today. Could you claim that, before these discoveries, there was evidence of I.D. in what was being researched?

It's the little questions that are so much fun.

Mark Stone 8 years, 10 months ago

In his Jan. 30th letter Richard Smith also pointed out "Intelligent design is obvious:" Well, that the earth was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth also seemed obvious at one time. The easy answer is not necessarily the right answer. Isn't the truth is so much more elegant and wondrous. It is a glorious world, try to understand as much of it as you can. Enjoy it.

When Mr. Smith indicates "man hates the idea of God:" I wonder if he was referring to those who honestly try to discover and explain the intricate workings of His universe or the people who just dress up their personal theology then deceitfully try to pass it off as science.

Society needs sincere skeptics to keep, in this case, researchers and scientists honest. However it appears the time has come that the body of evidence in favor of evolution is so overwhelming that the Young Earth Creationist/Intelligent Design proponents are beginning to look as silly as the Flat Earth Society.

gr 8 years, 10 months ago

RightThinker,

I seem to be having trouble with base premises, but maybe you could explain some things. Are you saying that if we don't follow god, he's gonna burn and/or torture us?

If so, why would I wan't to believe a god like that?

Mark Stone 8 years, 10 months ago

rightthinker:

I don't think that evolution has anything to say about an "after life" one way or the other.

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