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Re: “God of the Gaps

Well said...and well done, Barry. I'd like to add a little bit to that, if you don't mind. It might help some of your readers put things in context. Most people don't realize that 'Intelligent Design' was invented to serve as a political strategy... NOT as 'science'. Its expressly-stated purpose is to undermine science education and to sabotage science (which the ID-inventors refer to as 'methodological naturalism') itself. All of this can be ascertained by reading the foundational document of Intelligent Design... the 'Wedge Strategy'. It is also informative to Google for Barbara Forrest's article/book, "Creationism's Trojan Horse." It is also worthwhile to be aware of the typical man-in-the-street's basic (mis)understanding of 'science', wherein a 'theory' is a half-baked idea which... if and when it gets 'proven'... grows-up to become a 'law' of science. First... theories DO NOT grow-up to become 'laws'... EVER. A so-called 'law'... apart from having a bad choice of names... is generally a consistent mathematical relationship which we've been fortunate enough to NOTICE, in nature. Next... theories do not get 'proven'... EVER. 'Proof' is for logicians, mathematicians, coin collectors, and distillers and brewers of alcoholic beverages... NOT for scientists. In science, proof is applicable in the negative sense, only; i.e., scientists design experiments in an attempt to prove that their theories and hypotheses are WRONG. NOT being wrong 'proves' nothing... it merely increases confidence that they are on the right track. A useful and reliable 'theory' is the highest level of scientific achievement, occupying a MUCH higher level of importance than mere 'facts'.... and theories do not make-up facts... theories EXPLAIN facts. Take biological 'evolution', for example. The genetic makeup of populations of creatures/organisms changes, over time. That is a 'fact'... one that is undisputed within the scientific community. There's a word for 'changes, over time': evolves. So... that is the FACT of biological evolution... the genetic makeup of POPULATIONS of creatures/organisms (the GENE POOL) changes, over time (evolves). The 'THEORY of Evolution' EXPLAINS the FACT of biological evolution... it tells us HOW the genetic makeup of POPULATIONS of creatures/organisms (the GENE POOL) changes, over time (evolves). To reinforce what Barry said... "God did it" explains nothing.

Posted by DuckPhup on 04/30/2010 at 11:45 AM

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