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Council of Europe resolution sure to spark interest in intelligent design

Several European friends have asked me what I think about the Council of Europe’s resolution against teaching ID and/or creationism. Alas, I won’t be able to blog on this in any detail for a couple of days, but here are a couple of thoughts:

1. Have a look at the Intelligent design controversy timeline:  In North America, the ID folk seem always to win when they lose.

There is a very simple, obvious reason: Most folk are not interested in how the universe, life, or the mind arose UNTIL you tell them that they are not allowed to discuss intelligence or design. Resolutions like the one above are a gift to the ID guys. Already, the troops are rallying, and more conferences like this one are surely under way.

2. This move may have been aimed against Europe’s residual Christians and surging Muslims, but it won’t affect only them. Ulrich Mohrhoff, an Eastern type of thinker, is just as upset.

3. I have ordered a copy of Harun Yahya’s Atlas of Creation, which (some say) has got the Council’s shirts in a knot, and will tell you what I think after I have read it.

Well, the way things are going, I sure won’t have to go back to the trade mag beat any time soon.

Also, new at The Mindful Hack, Scientific American looks respectfully at the work of my lead author on The Spiritual Brain, Mario Beauregard.

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8 Responses to Council of Europe resolution sure to spark interest in intelligent design

  1. 1

    Denyse,
    I blogged about this about a week ago here. You might be interested in my take. The upshot, though, is that while this was happening, ID was gaining strength in Ireland as I also blogged about. Funny how those kinds of things work.

    I do like your reference to Harun Yahya. For those that wish to tar the name of ID by incorrectly linking it to Christian Creationism, the involvement of an influential Muslim helps to dispell that myth. Why would Muslims back fundamentalist Christian theology? They wouldn’t, of coures, and fundamentalist Materialists would do well to recognize this fact.

  2. This resolution is very poorly crafted and shows how politically based rather than scientifically based the opposition to ID really is. It reflects considerable ignorance. They are afraid.

  3. [...] Council of Europe resolution sure to spark interest in intelligent design It is not surprising that a misleading argument designed to tip the balance of debate with an ambiguity framing should ooze across the planet. Instead of clarifying the confusions of Darwinism this has replaced it with another. Have a look at the Intelligent design controversy timeline: In North America, the ID folk seem always to win when they lose. [...]

  4. How is it that materialists are so successful in getting into positions of power and getting resolutions like these passed?

  5. As an European I have two very different reactions about such document.

    1. I’m susprised for the level of dogmatism it contains and I’m worried about the capabilities of most people to be critic about.

    BUT

    2. On the other hand I also think that there is any better mean to render ID ideas appealing to people than to ban them by law. Moreover the fact that some kind of documents have been produced is a clear proof that materialistic ideas are in agony

  6. Karios — On the other hand I also think that there is any better mean to render ID ideas appealing to people than to ban them by law.

    Very true. ID is now “cool”.

  7. Very true. ID is now “cool”.

    Eugenie Scott has become the Darwinism’s “Church Lady” (of Saturday Night Live TV show fame), and Richard Dawkins has become its Elmer Gantry (or similar). They are moral scolds telling us all what we can think, learn, or publish.

  8. 8

    Like the Dover trial, the Council of Europe’s condemnation of criticisms of Darwinism is going to backfire by making people curious about what all the fuss is about.

    Prior to the Dover trial I had little interest in the controversy, but afterwards, bashing Judge Jones became sort of a hobby with me.

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