Prof. Thomas Nagel has published an important essay entitled, “Public Education and Intelligent Design”, in the Wiley InterScience Journal Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 36, issue 2, on-line at < http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118493933/home> His paper is a significant because it encourages all intelligent, educated, informed individuals to consider that intelligent design may be a valid scientific approach to understanding how DNA and the complex chemical systems of life came to attain their present form. Prof. Nagel’s article is well worth the price (fee for access US $29.95). He is a self-declared atheist who earned his PhD. in philosophy at Harvard, has been a professor at U.C. Berkeley, Princeton, and for the last 28 years at New York University, and has published ten books and more than 60 articles.
Note: I don’t care if Nagel is an atheist. I only care if he thinks evidence matters.
(He must be a non-materialist atheist, of course, because a materialist atheist would merely reply that our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth. And he has the bigger social club.)
Here are things that will derail a discussion in school:
1. Student (who somehow lost contact with his bong pipe several months ago): How do we know that Darwinian evolution creates vast amounts of information?
Teacher: I am not legally allowed to discuss that with you. [= Of course Darwinism is silage for hog feed, but a recent legal decision prevents me from discussing that fact.]
Student: So it is worse than I thought. The whole system is like this?
Teacher: No, only Darwinism is like this. But that is precisely the distinction I am not allowed to make.
Student: Too bad the whole system smells like hog feed then.
2. Stuffed toys and fake animals. Look, lots of people work night shifts to fund their STEM education; they don’t do it to hear nonsense from transparently foolish people. Be warned.
3. Threatening people. The ID community would not be as big as it is today if that had worked.
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