Yesterday “Hardball with Chris Matthews” featured a short debate between Discovery president Bruce Chapman and NCSE director Eugenie Scott about intelligent design and whether it should be required instruction in science classes. More interesting than that question though was the debates diversion into the issue of whether or not intelligent design is religion –it’s not– and if it inherently invokes “God.”
Science standards that allow for scientific challenges to Darwinism to be discussed in the classroom moved forward in Kansas today according to AP reports. The story points out that the Kansas board is not
It fascinates me that people often assume that if you are an advocate of intelligent design –or even if you merely question Darwinism– you must be a religious zealot of one stripe or another.
UPDATED, 10:48am, 8.10: Gilder vs. Dawkins is no contest. Literally. Dawkins chickened out and refused to debate, instead preferring to go it alone. So, each of them appeared separately on the program which is now available at “On Point’s” website. Today NPR’s “On Point” will feature Discovery senior fellow George Gilder debating Darwin defender Richard Dawkins. The program airs on WBUR live from 10-11am, and on NPR stations across the country at different times today and throughout the week.
CSC associate director John West has a nice op-ed in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In “Intelligent design is sorely misunderstood” West makes the point that