In light of recent creationist idiocy in Texas, the evolution ‘controversy’ will be in the news. Those of us who support science will need some talking points made for TV debate, not the classroom. Here are my suggestions:
- ID should always be referred to as intelligent design creationism. Not only is this accurate, but many people don’t want to be linked with creationism–creationism does have a stigma attached to it.
- Evolutionary biology is critical to medicine and genomics–denying evolution is like watching television and denying the existence of photons. Genomics is one of those things most people think we should be supporting, even if they don’t really know what genomics is.
- Intelligent design isn’t science: it proposes no testable hypotheses, and is nothing but nit picking.
- Intelligent design creationism basically says, “When we can’t figure it out today, we know an intelligent designer did it.” As a scientist, that’s cutting and running. It’s Vichy Science. Where would America be if the previous generations had quit thinking about a problem because it was too hard to solve?