Saturday, December 03, 2005

NY Times on Intelligent Design

OK. I did find something to read on the NY Times website. This article discusses the intelligent design (ID) movement and concludes that it is running into trouble. While ID's supporters claim that the science will determine their ultimate success or failure.
"The future of intelligent design, as far as I'm concerned, has very little to do with the outcome of the Dover case," Mr. West said. "The future of intelligent design is tied up with academic endeavors. It rises or falls on the science."
But it appears that they are not actually trying to do the science. The article says:

The Templeton Foundation, a major supporter of projects seeking to reconcile science and religion, says that after providing a few grants for conferences and courses to debate intelligent design, they asked proponents to submit proposals for actual research.

"They never came in," said Charles L. Harper Jr., senior vice president at the Templeton Foundation, who said that while he was skeptical from the beginning, other foundation officials were initially intrigued and later grew disillusioned.

The lawsuit in Dover, PA is also mentioned. A decision in the case is expected in four to five weeks.

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