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Bush proves his ignorance

Listen up people - "intelligent design" is not science. It has no place in a science curriculum, because you cannot design an experiment to test its validity. Our dear leader Bush has just come out in favor of teaching "intelligent design."

From the poorly researched article in The Herald (Bradenton, FL):

Bush compared the current debate to earlier disputes over "creationism," a related view that adheres more closely to biblical explanations. As governor of Texas, Bush said students should be exposed to both creationism and evolution.

On Monday the president said he favors the same approach for intelligent design "so people can understand what the debate is about."

The Kansas Board of Education is considering changes to encourage the teaching of intelligent design in Kansas schools, and Christian conservatives are pushing for similar changes in other school districts across the country.

"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Bush said. "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes."

The National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have both concluded that there's no scientific basis for intelligent design and oppose its inclusion in school science classes.

"The claim that equity demands balanced treatment of evolutionary theory and special creation in science classrooms reflects a misunderstanding of what science is and how it is conducted," the academy said in a 1999 assessment. "Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science."

Let's re-read that last line together, shall we? "Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science." This is a joint statement by the NAS and the AAAS, perhaps the two premier scientific organizations in the US. If you're going to take anyone's opinion about the subject, it should be their opinion. What the hell does Bush know? He claims that people should be exposed to different ideas. I agree with that, but should they be taught ID as science? No. Faith, religion, philosophy maybe, but not as science.

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