Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Growing Pains

"Intelligent design is not yet a solid scientific theory, but it soon may gain legitimacy as an explanation of how Earth and its inhabitants came to be, one of the country's foremost proponents of the alternative to the theory of evolution said." This quote is from a short article entitled Intelligent design is debated, and contains comments from Paul Nelson and Michael Ruse. What I find most noteworthy about it is Nelson's observation that following Darwin's landmark publication in 1859, decades passed before experiments occured whose results were used in support of the theory. Nelson added that ID is 15 years old.

There are those who want to bury ID yesterday but history takes a longer term perspective. The jury is out.

2 Comments:

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Good point. Aside from supporting the theory with philosophical arguments and mental gymnastics (to make the seemingly impossible appear probable) relatively no experimental work was performed to support the theory - for a good period of time after the theory's inception.

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger Nathan Munson said...

The whole issue of evolution has been shrouded in philosophical concerns from the outset. Some behave as if God can be muscled out of existence by their opposition to ID.

 

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