From: george murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Aug 29 2002 - 07:40:13 EDT
"Hassell, Ian C." wrote:
> Cal's editorial is well-stated. We need not fear presentation of competing
> theories. The one that is right will ultimately win out (I believe that's
> also a tenant of evolutionism).
It ain't necessarily so. Especially in areas in which school boards are
inclined to make decisions like the Georgia one, many students will come to the
subject with a bias against evolution & for special creation which they will
have gotten from family, church &c. The fact that they are presented with
alternatives to evolution will give them reason enough to continue to
whatever the arguments of detail are.
The ID people have, I think, realized this. In the ongoing debate here in
Ohio they have started to emphasize Meyer's "teach the controversy"
"controversy" is in fact cultural & religious, not scientific, but what's
important for them is to tell students that there _is_ a controversy. If they
can give students an excuse to reject evolution then they've pretty much
accomplished their purpose, which is more anti-"naturalism" than pro-any
particular alternative to evolution.
George L. Murphy
"The Science-Theology Interface"
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