James (elven_wolf) wrote,
James
elven_wolf

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant.

Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant
As the Religious Right tries to ban the teaching of evolution in Kansas, Richard Dawkins speaks up for scientific logic

Science feeds on mystery. As my colleague Matt Ridley has put it: “Most scientists are bored by what they have already discovered. It is ignorance that drives them on.” Science mines ignorance. Mystery — that which we don’t yet know; that which we don’t yet understand — is the mother lode that scientists seek out. Mystics exult in mystery and want it to stay mysterious. Scientists exult in mystery for a very different reason: it gives them something to do.

Admissions of ignorance and mystification are vital to good science. It is therefore galling, to say the least, when enemies of science turn those constructive admissions around and abuse them for political advantage. Worse, it threatens the enterprise of science itself. This is exactly the effect that creationism or “intelligent design theory” (ID) is having, especially because its propagandists are slick, superficially plausible and, above all, well financed. ID, by the way, is not a new form of creationism. It simply is creationism disguised, for political reasons, under a new name.

The rest of the article...
Subscribe

  • "Do I have to??"

    So today the wolf had his acting debut. I was begged by a local friend (look, I have local friends!) earlier this week to take part in a film…

  • LantisJournal quiz thingie

    LantisJournal User Test - Extended! Dr. Radek Zelenka - physicshairofdoom Biting wit and multi-lingual skills…

  • DO NOT WANT

    Okay, somebody just mentioned 'jumping on the SGA/Merlin bandwagon'. Uhm... why is there a 'bandwagon' and where is it so I may send an army of…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments