Saturday, November 19, 2005

Not Science

I found this story quite interesting

The story states representatives of the Vatican state Intelligent Design is NOT NOT NOT science. Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory said the following: "Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be," the ANSA news agency quoted Coyne as saying on the sidelines of a conference in Florence. "If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."

So the Vatican thinks Intelligent Design is not science so that would mean these people who are for it being taught in science here in the United States are just acting blindly and they are the people to be afraid of.

1 comment:

Robert E Wilson said...

I completely agree. Science, contrary to popular belief, is not a field of study. It is a method of learning/discovery. In a nutshell, science is:

1. Come up with an idea of how or why something occurs in nature (hypothesis).

2. Run tests to attempt to disprove hypothesis (experimentation).

3. If experimenting disproves hypothesis, give up on idea completely or come up with an alternative hypothesis and repeat step 2.

4. If hypothesis holds up under experimentation, find more experiments to disprove hypothesis. If multiple experiments continue to support hypothesis, then the hypothesis can be called a "theory".

5. At this point, the theory is published, inviting other scientists to experiment and try to disprove theory. If theory is disproved, then its back to square 1. As long as the theory holds up, it remains a well-supported theory.

In science, nothing is called "fact" except in mathematics. All scientific principles are theories, even when they are used in practice.

"Intelligent Design" has not been subjected to any of the above practice. Therefore, it doesn't qualify as theory or anything else scientifically. Evolution, on the other hand, has been run through the wringer. It has been modified many times, as more scientific data has been discovered. The basic principles of it, "survival of the fittest" and "natural selection and adaptation" have held up.