Tuesday, February 20, 2007


ID: The Grassy Knoll of Science Theories?

Commenting on the Kansas school board's recent decision to rid the science standards of pseudo-science, an editorial in The Daily Orange says that "to be truly informed, students need to know before they begin their studies that there are different viewpoints."

Quite sensibly, The Daily Orange says students should be informed "that scientific evidence points toward evolution and leaves no room for "intelligent design" as an answer to where life comes from, as well as what intelligent design is, why people believe in it, and why it fails to pass scientific muster."

The editorial goes on to draw a parallel between science and history:
To give a parallel example, history classes should teach the commonly held belief that John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, but they should also acknowledge that there is ongoing debate in small circles about far less likely alternative theories. Conspiracies about who was really on the grassy knoll are important tangents to American history, even if only to dismiss them and move on.
Does that mean that intelligent design is the "grassy knoll" of conspiracy sceince theories?


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