Coyne on ID in The New Republic

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Jerry Coyne has a nice, long, thorough analysis of ID in The New Republic. Not much new for the initiated, but a very good primer for newbies to the issue, touching everything from science (or lack thereof) to the religious roots of ID. (I am not sure, but it may require free registration to read) Did I say it’s long? It’s long.

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What's in a Theory? from Newton's Binomium on August 13, 2005 3:10 PM

Red State Rabble has an interesting post on the relative "theoryness" of Evolution and Intelligent Design. (See Coyne's excellent piece in The New Republic for a more detailed discussion of the same problem.) Hayes hit the nail on the head with his a... Read More


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I need a special firefox extension to hide the obligatory reference to Scopes which has to lead off every evolution/ID article. It’s so tediously repetitive at this point. Kind of like if you’re in physics, eventually, mentions of Schrodinger’s Cat starts to cause involuntary eye-rolling.

Long but very good. Thanks for announcing it.

One thing this piece reminds me of, is how good these judges have been. They consistenly see the creationist tricks for what they are–fundamentalist attempts to deform science teaching to fit the bible.

Man, that TNR piece just taught me something cool:

Five months after conception, human fetuses grow a thin coat of hair, called lanugo, all over their bodies. It does not seem useful–after all, it is a comfortable 98.6 degrees in utero–and the hair is usually shed shortly before birth. The feature makes sense only as an evolutionary remnant of our primate ancestry; fetal apes also grow such a coat, but they do not shed it.

Dembski copied and posted the whole thing on his website–what a jerk.

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