Several European friends have asked me what I think about the Council of Europe’s resolution against teaching ID and/or creationism. Alas, I won’t be able to blog on this in any detail for a couple of days, but here are a couple of thoughts:
1. Have a look at the Intelligent design controversy timeline: In North America, the ID folk seem always to win when they lose.
There is a very simple, obvious reason: Most folk are not interested in how the universe, life, or the mind arose UNTIL you tell them that they are not allowed to discuss intelligence or design. Resolutions like the one above are a gift to the ID guys. Already, the troops are rallying, and more conferences like this one are surely under way.
2. This move may have been aimed against Europe’s residual Christians and surging Muslims, but it won’t affect only them. Ulrich Mohrhoff, an Eastern type of thinker, is just as upset.
3. I have ordered a copy of Harun Yahya’s Atlas of Creation, which (some say) has got the Council’s shirts in a knot, and will tell you what I think after I have read it.
Well, the way things are going, I sure won’t have to go back to the trade mag beat any time soon.
Also, new at The Mindful Hack, Scientific American looks respectfully at the work of my lead author on The Spiritual Brain, Mario Beauregard.