Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Get the Lead Out

From the Miami Herald:

President Bush waded into the debate over evolution and “intelligent design” Monday, saying schools should teach both theories on the creation and complexity of life.

In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with a small group of reporters, Bush essentially endorsed efforts by Christian conservatives to give intelligent design equal standing with the theory of evolution in the nation’s schools.

Why stop there? What about teaching the rest of the wide world of creation mythology? What about Norse gods and the Ring cycle? What about the Shinto? What about Hindu stories? What about the Silmarillion? What about the ancient astronauts? Intelligent design is just about as plausible and provable as any of those stories, and there are any number of other stories that explain the origin of life. They’re all wonderful stories, filled with fascinating characters and deep insight to the human need to find out who we are and where we come from. But none of it is science, and teaching “intelligent design” on the same level as Darwin is the same as including alchemy — the medieval belief that lead could be turned into gold — in a chemistry class.