Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I agree with the majority of Americans

The DI crows "Americans Overwhelmingly Support Teaching Scientific Challenges to Darwinian Evolution, Zogby Poll Shows":
By more than three to one, voters say that biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. Approximately seven in ten (69%) side with this view. In contrast, one in five (21%) feels that Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it.
It may surprise you to learn that I agree with this majority. We should present students with the data which falsifies evolution. And we already do. Here's the evidence we've accumulated against evolution.


The question is bogus. There is no evidence against evolution. If there were, we ought to teach it.
The public is also strongly supportive of students learning about the evidence for intelligent design in biology class. More than three-fourths of respondents (77%) agree that when Darwin’s theory of evolution is taught in school, students should also be able to learn about scientific evidence that points to an intelligent design of life.
Again, I agree with the majority. Teach the evidence for ID. Unfortunately, this is the evidence:

Nothing but Faith

And we don't teach that in science class.

Again, the question is bogus. There is no evidence for ID. If there were, I would have no problem teaching it.

This poll is basically a push poll. Push polls are most famous in political campaigns, where a caller will pose as a pollster and ask questions meant to push information, rather than gather it. In a Sam Brownback campaign against a Jewish candidate, voters reported getting calls asking "does it make a difference to you if Jill Docking is Jewish?" The point wasn't to find that out, but to tap into people's biases.

That's what Zogby's poll does. It doesn't assess whether there is evidence against evolution or for ID, it puts out misconceptions in order to play to people's natural fairness. A better question would say, "Supporters of ID acknowledge that there is no evidence of intelligent design of life. Should we teach that idea alongside evolution?" Then, as a second question ask "If evidence of intelligent design did exist, should we teach it?" That question would teach you something.