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Is intelligent design science? Here’s an answer you didn’t expect from an atheist prof

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Bradley Monton, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, offers:

So does intelligent design count as science? I maintain that it is a mistake to put too much weight on that question. Larry Laudan got the answer right:

If we would stand up and be counted on the side of reason, we ought to drop terms like “pseudo-science” and “unscientific” from our vocabulary; they are just hollow phrases which do only emotive work for us.

If our goal is to believe truth and avoid falsehood, and if we are rational people who take into account evidence in deciding what to believe, then we need to focus on the question of what evidence there is for and against intelligent design. The issue of whether intelligent design counts as “science” according to some contentious answer to the demarcation question is unimportant. Of course, on this approach it would be much harder to get a federal judge to rule that intelligent design can’t be taught in public school. But sometimes it is more important to be intellectually honest than to o what it takes to stop people from doing something you don’t like.

– Bradley Monton, Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design (Broadview Press, 2009), p. 49

3 Replies to “Is intelligent design science? Here’s an answer you didn’t expect from an atheist prof

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    Joseph says:

    Seeing that Intelligent Design is based on observations and experiences and most importantly can be tested and falsified, what else would it need to be considered “science”?

  2. 2
    Mung says:

    Consensus?

  3. 3
    Joseph says:

    So science is a democracy?

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