Re: [asa] STATEMENT ON INTELLIGENT DESIGN BY IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY

From: Rich Blinne <rich.blinne@gmail.com>
Date: Wed May 30 2007 - 17:13:38 EDT

On 5/30/07, Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu> wrote:
>
> I do not believe that any question regarding "the nature of the universe"
> is a scientific question. In fact, the question is metaphysical and as such
> cannot be answer by any theory, say, evolutionary theory, that purports to
> be scientific. If evolutionary theory can deal with such a question, then we
> have here more than a scientific theory and, therefore, all attempts that
> claim to deal with this question must be treated on equal footing.
>
> Nor can it be answered by any theory, say, upper-case intelligent design
that purports to be scientific. So, from a lower-case intelligent design
perspective the accusation that it is not scientific is: Good, at least now
we have a shot at answering the question because science -- at least
demarcated science -- has no chance at all.

For a good discussion on how scientism obscures the demarcation issue see
Ian Hutchinson's paper in this quarter's PSCF. Note to Terry: his views
pretty much echoes mine and has the advantage of being stated more
eloquently.

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