ID and SETI

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Russell Durbin reports:

Discovery Institute C(R)SC fellows and friends are fond of citing SETI as an example of intelligent design theory in action. While we at Panda’s Thumb are certain that the CRSC had no intention of implying that SETI endorses their claims to scientific respectability, we thought we might help them avoid any misunderstanding by passing along the following link:

Intelligent Design and Evolution at the White House

The article mentions

The reporter got it right: there is an ongoing debate over intelligent design vs. evolution, at least in the media and in politics. There is not a debate in the greater scientific community about the validity of evolution. Further, the vast majority of scientists do not consider intelligent design as a viable alternative to evolution.

And in case the reader may not understand that SETI is rejecting Intelligent Design

Obviously, scientists and educators understand that intelligent design has no place in the classroom. Intelligent design is, simply, one of several varieties of creationism that offer religious explanations for the origin and current condition of the natural world. As such, it does not merit being taught alongside evolution as a “school of thought.” There’s significant legal precedent from US Supreme Court that creationism - in any clothing - does not belong in the American classrooms. Teaching creationism is in violation of the separation of church and state, and has been ruled illegal by the US Supreme Court in several cases. It’s unfortunate that the President apparently does not understand that science is not equivalent to a belief system but is description of how the natural world works. Creationism, including intelligent design, is a religious point of view, not science.

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Russel should be made a PT contributor.

We have several contributors who don’t have actual author accounts on PT. They work behind the scenes and compose posts every once in a while. Russel is one such person.

From the article “Intelligent Design and Evolution at the White House”

Dr. Marvin Cohen, President of the American Physical Society, and recipient of the National Medal of Science from President Bush in 2002.

Isn’t getting a medal for science from GW something like getting a medal for humanitarian work from Robert Mugabe?

Now now Sean, I think your remark is a little out of place. Much as I dislike bush and all he stands for, I do feel I should say your getting a bit political for the good of this place.

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