BIOL202 - Study Guide - Lecture 22 - Supplemental Reading - Holt 2005

BIOL202 - Study Guide - Lecture 22 - Supplemental Reading - Holt 2005

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Unintelligent Design By JIM HOLT , New York Times Magazine, Feb 20, 2004 Recently a school district in rural Pennsylvania officially recognized a supposed alternative to Darwinism. In a one-minute statement read by an administrator, ninth- grade biology students were told that evolution was not a fact and were encouraged to explore a different explanation of life called intelligent design. What is intelligent design? Its proponents maintain that living creatures are just too intricate to have arisen by evolution. Throughout the natural world, they say, there is evidence of deliberate design. Is it not reasonable, then, to infer the existence of an intelligent designer? To evade the charge that intelligent design is a religious theory -- creationism dressed up as science -- its advocates make no explicit claims about who or what this designer might be. But students will presumably get the desired point. As one Pennsylvania teacher observed: "The first question they will ask is: 'Well, who's the designer? Do you mean God?'" From a scientific perspective, one of the most frustrating things about intelligent design is that (unlike Darwinism) it is virtually impossible to test. Old-fashioned biblical creationism at least risked making some hard factual claims -- that the earth was created before the sun, for example. Intelligent design, by contrast, leaves the purposes of the designer wholly mysterious. Presumably any pattern of data in the natural world is consistent with his/her/its existence. But if we can't infer anything about the design from the designer, maybe we can go the
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course BIOL 202 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '05 term at Maryland.

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BIOL202 - Study Guide - Lecture 22 - Supplemental Reading - Holt 2005

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