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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Intelligent design and popular culture: Engineer speaks out

Here's an interesting op-ed in the Albuquerque Tribune by engineer Joe Renick:

There is a revolution underway in the biological sciences. A whole new field of biology called systems biology has emerged during the past 10 or 15 years. This revolution is just as profound for the biological sciences today as the transition in physics was from classical physics to quantum physics and relativity in the early part of the 20th century.

In this exciting new field, research is guided not by Darwinian principles but by design principles, because design principles are needed to explain design-like features.

The teaching of evolution today in public schools is frozen in the past where it is based largely on a mid-20th century understanding of biology. Research in the biological sciences has moved far beyond that understanding because of the hopeless inability of Darwinian principles to explain the complexity observed in living things.

Comments abusing engineers, merely because so many of them are not Darwinists, will not be posted at this blog unless they are wickedly funny - but so few Darwoids do wickedly funny that I hold out little hope. The Darwoids' idea of a joke is the flying spaghetti monster - fun while it lasted, sure, but the Darwoids took themselves too seriously, so it went on too long. On the other hand, I suppose holding materialism together is a tough job and somebody's gotta do it.

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