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RE: Judge's order to remove evolution stickers from textbooks gets cheers from scientists
jjl - 1/18/2005 3:23 PM
I came across discussion of ID amongst Physicists, where it took the form of trying to understand why the various physical constants (speed of light, gravitational attaction, particle masses, lifetimes etc) had the values they had, and what the universe would look like if these were even slightly different from what we observe now. The argument for ID suggests that even small differences in these constants would have produced a universe very different from ours, and incaple of supporting life as we know it, Jim. This is a legitimate scientific debate.
However, the term Intelligent Design seems to have been stolen by Christian Evangelicals and the meaning altered towards simple creationism. I most certainly would not like to see that in Biology class. But in Dover, Pennsylvannia it seems to have already happened. Below is a statement from the school:
The Pennsylvania Academic Standards require students to learn about Darwin's theory of evolution and eventually take a standardized test of which evolution is a part.
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.
Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin's view. The reference book "Of Pandas and People" is available for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves.
With respect to any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school leaves the discussion of the origin of life to individual students and their families.
As a standards-driven district, class instruction focuses upon preparing students to achieve proficiency on standards-based assessments.
The ACLU is suing the crap out of them. I think the case has already been decided in the ACLUs favor.
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