Intelligent Design – I don’t think so

Why Intelligent Design (ID) proponents will never be taken seriously, and why they have nothing to add to the scientific evidence for life on earth.

from http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller_342.pdf (pg 77,78) the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District text of court decision. Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitzmiller_v._Dover_Area_School_District

The immune system is the third system to which Professor Behe has applied the definition of irreducible complexity. Although in Darwin’s Black Box, Professor Behe wrote that not only were there no natural explanations for the immune system at the time, but that natural explanations were impossible regarding its origin. (P-647 at 139; 2:26-27 (Miller)). However, Dr. Miller presented peer-reviewed studies refuting Professor Behe’s claim that the immune system was irreducibly complex. Between 1996 and 2002, various studies confirmed each element of the evolutionary hypothesis explaining the origin of the immune system. (2:31 (Miller)). In fact, on cross-examination, Professor Behe was questioned concerning his 1996 claim that science would never find an evolutionary explanation for the immune system. He was presented with fiftyeight peer-reviewed publications, nine books, and several immunology textbook chapters about the evolution of the immune system; however, he simply insisted that this was still not sufficient evidence of evolution, and that it was not “good enough.” (23:19 (Behe)). [my emphasis]

We find that such evidence demonstrates that the ID argument is dependent upon setting a scientifically unreasonable burden of proof for the theory of evolution.

So ID has proven that no matter what, or how much, evidence they are presented with, they will never accept it or be happy with it. They have proven that they have a completely closed mind, they believe in an Intelligent Designer (God) and will not accept any evidence that disproves that idea. Therefore the ID movement can have no claim whatsoever on having any sort of scientific idealogy, as science is willing to accept new evidence no matter which way that evidence leads.

From reading “Only a Theory” by Kenneth R. Miller

Intelligent Design – neither intelligent nor designed

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3 responses to “Intelligent Design – I don’t think so

  1. Brandon

    What ID has proven is that no matter how many times you spin the same story, that natural selection working upon random mutations (read: “fiftyeight peer-reviewed publications, nine books, and several immunology textbook chapters about the evolution of the immune system”) can not account for the diversity in life and molecular machinery we observe in nature. It cannot regardless of how much neo-Darwinists would like it to.

    Time and time again Darwin’s predictions about what we should observe in both the living natural world and the fossil record have failed, and yet Darwin’s theory still sits atop its self-anointed throne in the world of academia, the creed and religion of the Atheists.

    • Oh LOL LOL @Brandon, you have just managed to completely prove my thoughts – “no matter what, or how much, evidence they are presented with, they (ID supporters) will never accept it or be happy with it.”

      Have you one shred of evidence for your claim, I severely doubt it. Or do you perhaps have 59 peer reviewed publications, 10 books and numerous immunology textbooks proving your IDea? I completely doubt that.

  2. “Time and time again Darwin’s predictions about what we should observe in both the living natural world and the fossil record have failed”

    I’d like to know what evidence exists for such a statement. I have never heard of evolutionary predictions proving terribly wrong; just the opposite in fact.

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