Friday, November 04, 2005


Intelligent Design Syndrome

We've long known that intelligent design activists have a phobia for facts and evidence when it comes to science -- last week, for example, we listened as Phillip Johnson told a credulous audience of Topeka evangelicals that the fossil record does not support Darwin's theory of evolution.

What we are just learning, now, is that intelligent design activists also suffer a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of evidence in the legal context, as well. The refusal by intelligent design supporters on the Dover school board to tell the truth in the depositions and testimony before the court is becoming an important clue to diagnosing what we have decided to call ID Syndrome.

The new symptoms revealed by the Dover case show that sufferers of ID Syndrome don't just react to science-based evidence, they appear to react strongly to any system that attempts to arrive at truth by gathering evidence -- something both science and the courts have in common.


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