Texas is not doomed…Pt. 1 January 25, 2009Posted by rationalskeptic in Education.
Tags: Education, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Logical Fallacies
Once again “Intelligent Design(ID)” has failed to make it’s way into public school science curriculum. This decision makes if far more difficult for creationism to be taught in public schools. The ID proponents claim that they want academic freedom, but teaching ID has absolutely nothing to do with science.
Essentially, their argument is the logical fallacy “argument from incredulity.” Life is too complex to have just evolved, therefore there must have been a designer. This is the common fallacy made by the lay ID proponent. All of the scientific sounding ideas, such as irreducible complexity, have all been easily refuted by a consensus of the international scientific community.
Eugenie Scott is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, and she has been at the forefront of the battles between ID and science. “There are no weaknesses of evolution,” Scott told Scientific American concerning the recent decision in Texas.
Scott sums it up in her interview with Scientific American, “I don’t know any mainstream scientists who are questioning whether evolution took place… That’s not to say we understand everything that happened in evolution or the mechanisms that caused evolutionary change. But … arguments about the details aren’t arguments about whether evolution took place. The creationists make that category error.”
Thank you Eugenie for being a torchbearer for scientific community!