February 7, 2005

Move along, scientists! There's nothing to see here!

Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box, an essential text for the Intelligent Design crowd, has an op-ed piece in the New York Times today.

In it, he attempts to clear up some misconceptions about Intelligent Design. In the process, he appears to expand the domain of ID from biology into geology by arguing that the distinctly presidential features of Mt. Rushmore may be the result of, yes, an Intelligent Designer.

Despite the progress of adding yet another irrelevant analogy to the debate, Behe's essay finishes flat. What is the conclusion of his argument? He concludes that scientists should stop looking for a "non-design explanation" to life. Never mind the uninterrupted stream of discoveries exposing naturalistic processes for things that were once considered beyond our comprehension. Never mind that there's no sign of a dead-end to new discoveries of this sort. Behe suggests we pack it up and go home. The work of science is finished. It's time to embrace the opinion of our uneducated public.

Posted February 7, 2005 9:44 PM

hey, babe.
up for a sparring partner? one of our friends is connected to someone who's feeling very evangelistic about the other point of view. care to play kenneth miller? :)

Posted by: your brilliant wife at February 18, 2005 3:36 PM