From: Matt Arnold (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jun 22 2005 - 10:41:44 MDT
The word theory is used in science to mean a model or framework
describing the behaviour of a natural or social phenomenon.
Intelligent Design, like every flavor of creationism, provides no
alternative model or framework, but is a claim that the phenomenon
being described-- evolution-- doesn't exist. It shouldn't be dignified
with the use of the word theory.
On 6/22/05, Ben Goertzel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I had recently been thinking to campaign for the teaching of a different
> kind of Intelligent Design theory in schools -- the "intelligent design by
> an alien computer hacker" theory, according to which we're all living in a
> simulation world of sorts, created by some superintelligent alien.
> As has been discussed on this list, this is a more plausible theory than
> those involving Gods or Flying Spaghetti Monsters, and it also doesn't
> necessarily contradict evolutionary theory -- it can be true simultaneously
> with evolutionary theory.
> There isn't exactly *direct evidence* for it, but as opposed to the
> Creationist sort of Intelligent Design, one can certainly make a plausible
> scientific argument as to why it's reasonably likely to be true.
> Furthermore, there genuinely are a fair number of US citizens who do believe
> it's plausibly likely to be true (probably tens to hundreds of thousands --
> science fiction is widely read these days).
> I think it would be very funny to try to push this theory into public
> schools via the court system!! But alas, I lack the time or funds to
> exercise my sense of humor in this particular way...
> -- Ben G
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Aaron McBride" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 10:31 AM
> Subject: HUMOR: Open Letter to Kansas School Board
> >> I am writing you with much concern after I read of your hearing to
> >> decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design to be taught
> >> along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is
> >> important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for
> >> themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned,
> >> however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design..
> > http://www.venganza.org/
> > --
> > Aaron McBride
> > http://www.apejet.org/aaron/
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