From MikeGene at Telic Thoughts:
The debate about evolution and intelligent design eventually comes down to demands for evidence. Yet evidence is simply data that are interpreted in the light of previous experience and belief. What’s more, evidence comes in different flavors. For example, the type of evidence that might be used to guide a police investigation may not suffice as “evidence” in the context of a court room trial. In fact, an investigator is likely to look at the data differently from a defense lawyer. The investigator may initially rely on lower standards of evidence to follow up hunches and be sensitive to cliues. The lawyer will insist on the highest possible standards to defend his client.
Even though evidence that merely sparks or supports a suspicion is insufficient to effect a satisfactory conclusion to a case, it is an essential starting point for any investigation.
The standard of evidence ID opponents require is often tantamount to proof; and without that, they claim there is no science there. But MikeGene is surely correct–and this ought to be uncontroversial–in saying, later in the same blog entry, that there is something going on in the world that looks suspiciously like intelligent intervention. In cosmology it’s abundantly evident. The hints of someone tinkering with things in natural history and biology are also strong.
MikeGene goes on to show that signs like these call for further investigation. That seems so eminently reasonable!
And yet someone like Guillermo Gonzalez (a cosmologist, even!) gets thrown out on his ear for fraternizing with ID supporters. And in the popular press as well as the journal, the whole concept is universally held in derision as a pseudo-science, not worthy of mention without a snort–yet what’s presented is almost always a highly distorted, false version of ID.
Whatever you think of ID’s success rate so far in proving its case, why would you want to shut down all ID-related investigation? It makes no sense at all.
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