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Intelligent Design: An Exercise in Deception

Don't be fooled by the Discovery Institute's propaganda. Intelligent design is a religious doctrine, not a scientific theory.
Discovery Institute's principal office is located in Seattle, Washington. According to the Institute's mission statement, the Institute "discovers and promotes ideas in the common sense tradition of representative government, the free market and individual liberty" (  http://www.discovery.org/about.php ). The Institute maintains an extensive website.

A page of the Institute's website poses the question, "What is the theory of intelligent design?" However, after posing that question, the Institute fails to answer its own question. Instead of stating the definition of intelligent design (ID), the Institute presents the assertion that "an intelligent cause" is the best explanation for "certain features of the universe and of living things" (  http://www.discovery.org/csc/topQuestions.php ). The presentation of that assertion is intended to obscure the simple fact that the Institute is failing to answer its own question.

The definition of ID was composed by Dean Kenyon, Ph.D. Dr. Kenyon is a Fellow of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture (  link to www.discovery.org ). Curiously, Dr. Kenyon's definition of ID does not appear on any of the pages of Discovery Institute's website.

Discovery Institute asserts that ID is a scientific theory. However, that assertion is not true. Intelligent design is "an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion" (  http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller_342.pdf ). The Institute has failed to disclose the definition of ID in order to obscure the fact that ID is not a scientific theory.

Discovery Institute asserts that ID is the "best" explanation for "certain features of the universe and of living things". That assertion is simply a propaganda tool, designed to promote the Institute's political agenda. That agenda is set forth in the Institute's infamous "Wedge" strategy, which lays out the Institute's plan to make science into a branch of religion (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy ).

Intelligent design is a religious doctrine, not a scientific theory. Discovery Institute tries to hide this simple truth by keeping the definition of ID away from the public's view. Please don't be taken in by Discovery Institute's exercise in deception.

NOT Amused by Deletions 25.Sep.2008 17:27

Scott Beach scottbeach@earthlink.net

Someone probably thought that it was funny to eliminate the third and fourth sentences from the third paragraph of my submission, and to thereby keep the definition of intelligent design hidden from the public's view, but I am definitely NOT amused. Don't do it again.

Those eliminated sentences read: He defined ID in a book titled "Of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins". He wrote, "Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency, with their distinctive features already intact" (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Pandas_and_People ).

better read your own post before you hit "publish" 26.Sep.2008 05:06

oops

Nobody edits the text of your submission but you Scott.

Submissions ARE Being Edited 26.Sep.2008 10:25

Scott Beach scottbeach@earthlink.net

Dear better read your own post before you hit "publish":

I composed my submission in a word processing file, which I still have. Then I used the commands control-a, control-c, and control-v to select, copy, and paste what I had written. And then I proof-read what I had pasted and then I submitted it. My submission contained the two subsequently deleted sentences and it contained the entire text of the URL to Discovery Institute's page about Dr. Kenyon -- i.e.,  link to www.discovery.org. Somehow, that complete URL was shortened to "link to www.discovery.org" and the two following sentences were deleted. If those changes were made by a human then that human should be more careful and avoid deleting whole sentences in the course of inserting brief versions of various URLs, which is apparently his or her job.

no 27.Sep.2008 01:29

wrong + loud != right

That's not how it works Scott. You're just wrong. Get over it.