Monday, June 27, 2005


False Science

The Boston Globe ran an editorial Sunday titled "False Science" that is raising temperatures in Seattle. The Globe editorial touches on Stephen Meyers article in "Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington" and the Smithsonian showing of "The Privileged Planet."

Here's what has Discovery really steamed:
The article [in "Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington"] does not make much of a scientific argument. The ''Cambrian explosion," as it's called, lasted millions of years, plenty of time for evolution to work. Evolution has been a mainstay of the biological sciences since Charles Darwin first propounded the theory in 1859 because it has consistently provided convincing explanations of natural phenomena. Darwin's theory may not yet completely explain the Cambrian explosion, but that does not invalidate evolution -- it merely invites further research. Intelligent design, on the other hand, does not advance scientific inquiry.

The Globe gets Meyer's name wrong -- they have him as "Scott" Meyer. RSR suspects the name thing probably hurt Meyers more than any criticism of intelligent design as a false science. Evolution News and Views shows just how hurt by calling the editorial "inane." Who was it that said, pride goeth before the fall?


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