Saturday, November 05, 2005


Mini Behe

Andy Hoover writing on the ACLU of Pennsylvania blog Speaking Freely reports from the Dover trial that the defense called their final witness, Dr. Scott Minnich, professor of microbiology at the University of Idaho, fellow at the Discovery Institute, Thursday:

Echoing much of what Dr. Michael Behe said two weeks ago- and I really mean echo, he quoted Behe at one point- Dr. Minnich insisted that ID is science and offered the following:

"We infer design when we see parts that appear to be arranged for a purpose."

"The appearance of design in aspects of biology is overwhelming."

"These are highly sophisticated systems, and when you see a machine in any other context, you assume there's an engineer around."

Inference, appearance, and assumption, apparently, are the new gold standard of intelligent design proof.

In our formative years, RSR's mother used to warn us that appearances can be deceiving.

When we were in U.S. Navy boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Base in the late 1960s, a heavily tattooed, crusty old chief petty officer cautioned us to, "Assume nothing, because when you do, he said, you make an ass out of u and me."

You may infer that RSR does not think much of IDs methods -- at least here your conclusions are derived from evidence.


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