Intelligent Design for Anthropologists
U South Carolina
Intelligent design is a threat to the knowledge that anthropology discovers
and teaches about human origins and our place in the natural world.
Ã‚Â³Scientific creationismÃ‚Â² was an attempt to finesse the problem of the
obvious sectarian basis of old-time creationism, and intelligent design is a
clever way of re-packaging Ã‚Â³scientific creationismÃ‚Â² after the US Supreme
Court easily saw scientific creationismÃ‚Â¹s unconstitutional religious basis
in the 1987 Edwards v Aguillard case. Even though intelligent design is an
intellectual dead end, it is very attractive to religious conservatives who
want to discredit or suppress the principles of naturalistic, secular and
empirical explanation that guide the study of evolution and other sciences.
Why Oppose ID?
Our discipline of anthropology ought to take the intelligent design agenda
seriously, and should actively oppose it, for two reasons: First, it is
wrong for our public schools to mislead students. Secondly, intelligent
design is a prominent feature of the so-called culture wars. Each victory
for intelligent design in the classroom or the courtroom makes it easier to
discredit the accounts of human origins that we generate in anthropology,
along with the methods and concepts that guide our work. . . .