I have seen the future of intelligent design. It is young, passionately South American, speaks Portuguese, and is not lobbying to get ID into schools. What’s more, that future is very friendly, smart, and loves a good discussion during a great meal. Brazilian churrasco and lively conversation about design — what more could one want?
A couple of days ago, I returned from the inaugural congress of the Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente. Figure 1 shows my new favorite mug (of course I picked up a T-shirt with the same design). More.
Careful, Paul. We mustn’t move untrained troops up to the front too quickly.
That said, the big thing is that the Brazilians are comparatively young. So many hardline Darwinists are retiring. Eugenie Scott, for example, retired, leaving only “aren’t I good?” girls in place.
Cautionary tale: failing Barnes and Noble reassigns ID books to places where customers can’t easily and obviously find them, and shelves atheist books with “science.” Amazon, which allows actual categories like “paleontology” to rule, was doing just fine. But some may prefer to go out of business showing the naturalist flag.
Brazilians, if you want the freedom to consider evidence rather than ideology, you probably must fight to keep it.
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