Friday, September 15, 2006

Intelligent Design

Great piece from the Kansas City Star about Intelligent Design. The money quote for me.

In his book, Darwin’s Black Box, Michael J. Behe coined a term: “Irreducible Complexity,” which he defined as: “A single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.”

Irreducible complexity implies that God resides in the “gaps” of our knowledge. Science students who are introduced to the idea that God is only present in what we don’t understand, i.e. the mysteries of the universe, are left with difficult issues to resolve. If God is found in the mysteries, as their understanding of the natural world grows, then God (the mysteries) gets smaller. Faced with this appalling conflict, many students will reject knowledge. Others have a crisis that causes them to lose their faith and beliefs. This completely contrived conflict should not be going on anywhere in public education
Also a good show from the ever brilliant and libertarian. Penn and Teller.

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