Thursday, August 11, 2005

Coyne on evolution, creationism

After discussing the history of the Dover, PA suit over creationism, my old college professor, Jerry Coyne, describes the evidence for evolution, then asks the question:
Given the copious evidence for evolution, it seems unlikely that it will be replaced by an alternative theory. But that is exactly what intelligent-design creationists are demanding. Is there some dramatic new evidence, then, or some insufficiency of neo-Darwinism, that warrants overturning the theory of evolution?

The question is worth asking, but the answer is no. Intelligent design is simply the third attempt of creationists to proselytize our children at the expense of good science and clear thinking. Having failed to ban evolution from schools, and later to get equal classroom time for scientific creationism, they have made a few adjustments designed to sneak Christian cosmogony past the First Amendment.
Read the whole thing. It's a longish piece, but if you can't figure out what all the fuss is about, this is the most comprehensive piece I've seen on the science.