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Letter to the Editor: Let in ID Theory


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By WILLIAM SHARP
Castle Dale

Editor:

This letter is written in reply to numerous anti-intelligent design articles which directly or indirectly infer that all serious scientists reject intelligent design and favor evolution as the only scientific explanation of the origin or species.

Fact is intelligent design theory is supported by doctoral scientists, researchers and theorists at a number of universities, colleges, and research institutes around the world.

Also more than 300 scientists have stepped forward and signed onto a growing list of scientists of all disciplines voicing their skepticism over the central tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. The full statement signed by the biologists reads: "We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged."

Such prominent biologists who have signed the list include evolutionary biologist and textbook author Dr. Stanley Salthe, quantum chemist Henry Schaefer at the University of Georgia, and Giuseppe Sermonti the Editor of Rivista di Biologia / Biology Forum. The list of biologists also includes scientists from Princeton, Cornell, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Ohio State University, Purdue and University of Washington among others. These serious scientists seek to increase the coverage of evolution in textbooks.

Demanding that evolution should be fully and completely presented to students, and they should learn more about evolutionary theory, including its unresolved issues. The true censors are those who want to stop any discussion of the scientific weaknesses of evolutionary theory.

Certainly there are serious scientists who have rejected intelligent design. The most prominent being the Board members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1992 The AAAS issued a resolution attacking intelligent design theory as unscientific. Unfortunately, the process by which this resolution was adopted was itself anything but scientific. In fact, the resolution was more a product of prejudice than impartial investigation. After the resolution was issued, members of the AAAS Board were surveyed about what books and articles by scientists favoring intelligent design they had actually read before adopting their resolution. Alan Leshner, the Chief Executive Officer of the AAAS, declined to specify any and replied instead that the issue had been analyzed by his group\'s policy staff. Two other AAAS board members similarly declined to identify anything they had read by design proponents, while yet another board member volunteered that she had perused unspecified sources on the Internet. In other words, AAAS board members apparently voted to brand intelligent design as unscientific without studying for themselves the academic books and articles by scientists proposing the theory.

It should be noted that a number of the scientists supportive of intelligent design theory are members of the AAAS, so the AAAS board clearly does not speak for all members of that organization.

It is obvious that Darwinists hope to keep their beliefs (theories) as the only origin of man being taught in public schools. Like the one true state religion they demands complete adherence and no questioning and stand ready to burn at the stake (or at least remove, fine and or imprison) any who dare challenge or question their complete authority in the classroom.


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