Tuesday, September 27, 2005

What is This? 1925?

Ok, so I'm going to go on yet another rant about Intelligent Design. As a former biology major, it makes me really sad and upset to see that we are going to be witnessing the Scopes Monkey trial all over again. Yesterday, the trial in Dover, PA began that is going to determine whether or not Intelligent Design is going to be taught in public schools:

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Proponants of Intelligent Design, including George Bush, claim the issue is about academic freedom. But it's really about science vs. religion. Intelligent Design is NOT science. The theory is that life is so complex that it can't be explained by evolution. So the obvious answer is that God (or a higher being) created life. Hmmm. God? Higher being? Sounds like religion to me.

I'll be the first to admit that there are some things in nature that may not be able to be explained by our current theory of evolution. But does that mean that we throw up our hands and say, "Oh well, can't be explained. Must be God." No, as scientists, you keep studying and exploring until you find the answer.

It's not about whether or not you believe in God. There are many scientists who have a faith. You can be a Christian and believe the theory of evolution.

This issue, by the way, is not something that is only happening in Pennsylvania. Intelligent Design proponanats are challenging the theory of evolution in schools at a statewide level in many states. I just think it's sad that we could be teaching a generation of students to stop reasoning and thinking.

- Jean Chen


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