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stefan schmidt
Posted about 2 years ago
Is intelligent design science and should it be taught in public schools?
two more thoughts... 6. I am not sure I can say if ID SHOULD be taught in public schools or not. That depends on what exactly is taught, how it is taught, and what is the goal of public schools in the first place. I do think a beneficial conversation for children and communities to have would be "given a definition of ID and using scientific methodology, do you think ID is accurate as an explanation?" 7. I can see, deeper in the thread, you addressed some of what I brought up including your working definition of ID. Sorry for the initial oversight.
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stefan schmidt
Posted about 2 years ago
Is intelligent design science and should it be taught in public schools?
Hello, I hope this hasn't already been addressed farther down the thread, but here are my thoughts on that above, at the moment. 1. I think your proposition that "ID is not science", is valid so far as everyone agrees on terminology. You open with a definition of science as a "methodology of finding testable explanations". You don't seem to define intelligent design explicitly but I am assuming (correct me if I am wrong), that it is an "explanation of the universes origins and more specifically of the beginnings of life as we know it, which posits the presence of a being who is capable of creating as such." So, simply by definition, you have two different things: 1. a methodology of finding explanations (and I would add, testing them) 2. an explanation. Because an explanation is not a methodology, your statement, "ID is not science", is valid. 2. You seem to wander from the above into an argument regarding the validity of ID as an explanation without defining it. 3. Intelligent design is a term with a wide range of definitions which may include ET as a accurate explanation of genetic diversity. Depending on the definitions, ID may include a being that created the driving forces that ET behaves within. 4. I propose you use science(a methodology) to evaluate ID (a possible explanation). 5. Please let me know if you would like my thoughts on applying science to the evaluation of ID and ET as explanatory theories.