When you can convince me it’s science, then you can teach it in my classroom!
First things first. Creationists want this concept of “Intelligent Design” to be taught in our schools. Make no mistake, it is creationism, just without the obvious implication of God.
By Law, religion may not be taught in public schools. So we can’t use any Biblical references in teaching “Intelligent Design”. That kills every bit of ‘research’ about ID there is. If you want it taught in my classroom, then convince me it’s science. I’ll be nice and even tell you how.
Rule 1: You can’t use the Bible. This is supposed to be science. You can’t use anecdotes from a book whose historical accuracy is in question to ‘prove’ anything. If you have a number of independent and verifiable additional sources, then this requirement might be waived.
Rule 2: It must be falsifiable. Any scientific theory has evidence that will cause the theory to be false. Evolution has them, Einstein’s General Relativity has them, etc… What are ID’s? [Some of Evolution’s are listed below.]
Rule 3: It must make predictions. A scientific theory is pretty much useless if it doesn’t help us predict how the universe functions under different conditions. Evolutionary theory has been used to predict everything from what some intermediate fossils would look like to how HIV will respond to various regimes of medications.
Rule 4: You must have evidence that will differentiate it from alternatives. A theory must have some way of being shown to be correct where other, sometimes very similar, theories are not correct. In other words, describe in very good detail what experiment(s) may be performed and how the data from that experiment will show that ID is correct and evolution is not. This experiment should be new work, not a rehashing or ‘interpretation’ of historical data.
Every scientific theory from Pasteur to Quantum Chromodynamics must satisfy those rules. So, any creationist that wants me to teach ID must tell me how ID satisfies those four rules of science. If it doesn’t satisfy them, then it’s not science. That’s so important, I’ll say it again…
If it doesn’t satisfy them, then it’s not science.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, I’ll even tell you how to prove evolution false. If you want to become the greatest scientist since Darwin, all you have to do is one of these…
How to falsify Evolutionary Theory
- Find a dinosaur fossil that has eaten a rabbit.
- Find a living thing on the Earth (from the Earth) that does not use Adenine, Guanine, Thymine, Cytosine, or Uracil (or the protein derivations thereof) to encode genetic information.
- Find a mammal whose cytochrome c gene is more closely related to a fish than any other mammal.
I could go on, but why.
Finally, for all you would be takers on this project. Do yourself a favor. Study what evolutionary theory and science are before trying to discredit them. In fact, stop trying to discredit them, do the four rules above and you’ll be fine. I would also say read a book on evolution (I can recommend some good ones), understand what you’re trying to talk about before trying to talk about it.
Read this website to review all the previous attempts by creationists before jumping in with your rehashed version. Heck, this website has all of the answers of why those ideas are wrong too.
I await your responses.