Interesting decision by a federal judge on the issue of Intelligent Design (ID) in Dover, PA. From what I have been able to read, I really believe that this is not being approached properly. See the BBC Report for some background.
What is Intelligent Design? It is claimed, by many, to be a theory of origins that requires an intelligent being to have put the universe and all that is in it together because the what is here is way to complex to have happened (bang!).
Before I go too much further let us look at the “alternative” theory, Evolution. This too is a theory. What is a theory? To sum it up in a brief statement: “An assumption based on limited information or knowledge usually supported by fact”. Interesting. What is evolution? It is the “theory” that the universe had a beginning and things evolved from nothing to what we have today, stars, planets, water, land, creatures, INTELLIGENT humans… The list goes on. It just happened. Most believe it came from a “Big Bang” (theory).
Here is a little test to prove Evolution and it is really easy in light of how complex life is. Note: Scientifically, theories need tests that demonstrate that the theory is possible so here goes. This is a simpler version of one of my favorites, The Clock Test. I will call this one The Paper Test:
Take a piece of paper and for simplicity sake rip it into ten peices and put it in a paper bag. Now shake it for say an hour. When you open the bag, you should have at least some of the peices of paper starting to bond together. In fact, with the conditions, paper is already paper, already a part of a larger peice of paper, etc. It should have formed into a sheet of paper by that time if evolution can make complex living structures from nothing within a couple billion years. Here we had something that already “knew” what is should be and the bonding process is very simple.
- Explain to me the human and dinosaur tracks in the Upper Taylor Platform (UTP) in the bed of the Paluxy River, near Glen Rose, Texas in light of evolution (I hear another theory coming, no proven fact from the evolutionists.)?
- Explain the almost perfect human tracks found in the mountains of New Mexico in the Permian (supposedly before the dinosaurs).
- Explain why it takes typical sedimentary rock to form at 1 cm/1000 years in evolution (Officer, Charles; The Great Dinosaur Extinction Mystery, 1996, p.56) when there are trees that extend from one coal seam to another through several layers of rock in Cookville, TN in the Kettles coal mines (Very fast evolution).
- Explain why, in 1997, samples from eleven year old rock at Mt. St. Helens was dated as being 1/2 to 3 million years old?
This whole evolution thing sounds like a belief system or religion (“cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion”) to me.
Coming soon: Intelligent Design Controversy – Intelligent Design
Interesting Discussion Starting Here: A blow against science