Thursday, August 24, 2006
Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer explains why Darwin matters, how believing in God is the same as believing in astrology, and why it doesn't take divine faith to experience something bigger than ourselves:
Aug. 23, 2006: Michael Shermer has done a fine job in his new book ('Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design') of letting the air out of intelligent design's tires. As you recall, the so-called scientific movement, which says that nifty things in the universe, like human eyes, are so perfect they couldn't possibly have been created by the crude steps of evolution, was rolling along quite nicely through school districts last year, kicking up a chorus of hallelujahs from creationists. Some of Shermer's ivory towerish science pals, like Richard Dawkins and the late Stephen Jay Gould, told him not to bother with the I.D. boosters, that acknowledging them meant going along for their political ride, where the integrity of science was being run into the ground.
But true to his genial nature, Shermer ignored his friends' advice and penned 'Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design' With admirable patience and humility, he spells out each of the fancy I.D. tenets, like 'design inference,' in which only a higher intelligence could have come up with something as cool and ingenious as DNA. Shermer shows how imperfect evolution, and not intelligent design, has been, for generations, the only quantifiable driver behind nature's wonders."
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