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Bush: intelligent design to be taught in schools

Discussion in 'News' started by imported_Tesseract, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. President George Bush has started a national debate in the US over the teaching of evolution in school.

    The president has suggested that a theory known as "intelligent design" should be taught in the classroom.

    It proposes that life is too complex to have developed through evolution, and an unseen power must have had a hand.

    President Bush's championing of intelligent design will be interpreted as further evidence of the growing influence of the religious right.

    The US president told newspaper reporters in Texas that children should be taught about intelligent design so they could better understand the debate about the origins of the universe.

    Intelligent design differs from biblical creationism in that it is not tied to a literal interpretation of the biblical book of Genesis.

    Nevertheless, intelligent design points to the role of a creator, and it has become increasingly influential in Christian circles.

    Scientific arguments

    Yet even those on the religious right, such as Republican Senator Rick Santorum, are cautious as to how it should be taught.

    "I'm not comfortable with intelligent design being taught in the science classroom," he says.

    "What we should be teaching are the problems and holes, and I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution."

    The debate, though, is already having a real impact.

    In Kansas, the board of education has been re-evaluating the way evolution is taught - a sign that more conservative politicians and officials want to reflect the theory of intelligent design.

    Many scientists insist, though, it is just that - a theory.

    Alan Leshner, the chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, says that the proponents of intelligent design are "trying to cloak a religious concept in the mantle of science".

    "There is no science to intelligent design, it's not even a scientifically answerable question," he says.

    In 1925, the Scopes trial marked a defeat for creationists and opened the way for evolution to be taught in US classrooms.

    Eighty years on, intelligent design is offering the creationists new comfort.

    Once again, they are putting evolution on trial.

  2. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

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    yep. when we start moving science classes over to fantastic tales of
    magic gardens and great entities in the sky....wow....


  3. Herbivore

    Herbivore Senior Member

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  4. yum

    yum Junior Member

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    im not religious at all, ive studied intelligent design theory at uni, and i dont think its a bad thing to teach it as a THEORY to students that are old enough to be able to question things and not take everything on face value. definitely shouldnt be taught in science class htough
  5. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

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    ....And the hits just keep on coming.
  6. Biggus Dickus

    Biggus Dickus Senior Member

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    Thank you for setting our country back 200 years, Mr. Bush.
  7. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    I've been following this issue for a few months, and I notice in article after article, ID folks keep saying it should be taught because of holes and discrenpencies in evolutionary theory.

    What exactly are those holes, discrepencies etc? ID proponents never discuss that...
  8. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    and I just went to the Discovery Institute's website and skimmed some shit about ID.

    the funny thing is that they keep quoting and mentioning Darwin, Darwin, Darwin, like he was some religious kook like John Smith or L. Ron hubbard...

    The truth of the matter is, is that evolution as a theory was first proposed thousands of yaers ago by the Greeks. darwin and some other guy first proposed a modern theory of HOW things evolve, not whether they do or not.

    And most importantly, our current understanding of evolution was actually first identified by a Catholic monk: Mendl, who observed genetics in plants...
  9. theillp

    theillp Junior Member

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    I think a good part of the motive for bush to do this now is to show that he really believes that he did his contreversy actions becasue god told him too.. and so doing this will show that he wasnt just saying that to find any excuse but he really believes it that much..

    on another note is was thinking.. do you think its possible that matter and energy was never created just change form..? i mean it seems people's logical explanation for god is becasue everything that exists needs a creator? why would we think that? is it a lot do do with us seeing humans "create" (mix things that laredy exist and build seeminlgy new things) so we kinda think there has to be an analogy to the existence of everything? im not on any side really just questioning..now

    KING BLING Guest

    I think a world religions class in high school would be appropriate as long as the curiculum is closely monitored to weed out bias.

    Design theory though is a joke - a responce to evolutions conflict with the idea of an Eden created by God. It was developed to give a scientific looking face to religion.

    What confuses me is that people who take evolution as an afront to the Old Testament version of creation must by there belief in that portion also support all the slavery and brutal punishments listed within it. We had a conversation here about it previously - for the religious among you, how do you support the Genesis portion without also supporting the "be a good slave" and "kill all the pregnant women who appose God" portion of the Old Testament?
  11. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    the old testament was written by exiled jewish scholars as a way to write down their oral traditions and give definition and meaning to their culture that was in serious position to be lost. Even back then it was never really meant to be taken literally...allegory in other words...

    biblical literalism arose during the dark ages in Europe as a way to justify serfom and the Divine "Rights" of the Catholic Church and local lords and kings...

    KING BLING Guest

    Thats very interesting...any resources you can offer on the matter?
  13. theillp

    theillp Junior Member

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    i think its good both sides are presented as a theory casue it casues people to think for themselves and realize there isnt certainty (unless you add faith (towards 'god' or athiesm) but you can question that by looking at your (desired) motives for beliving it...
  14. theillp

    theillp Junior Member

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    sorry this might be a silly or offtopic question but just want to write it before i forget.. if god supposedly exists outside of time then how can he judge? i mean thats an action(s) that hes doing.. which includes changing of some form.. so isnt that contradictuary? is it possible to do actions and changes of some sort outside of time?? if so please let me know with a little bit of backed up reasoning cause i stumped myslef.. thanx (and if he could then coundnt we be acting outside of time? whats the differnce)