Friday, April 27, 2007

What's wrong with a little argument from authority?

ID creationists like to claim that scientific evolution and that even scientific materialism is going to meet it's early demise at some point in the near future. They have various justifications for holding this view, one of them being that more and more scientists are deserting "evolutionary dogma" and realising the truth of intelligent design. They even make list of scientists who doubt evolution. Well, to show that IDers assertions are false, a list of scientists - all named Steve - who support evolution was amassed (as an ongoing project). As of April 24th, 2007, no less than 800 people are on that list. Given that ONLY people named Steve (in various languages) can sign and that roughly 1% of the population has this name, this would in effect represent some 80,000 signatories. IDers lists typically contain a few hundred signatories - no name restrictions.

Yeah, scientists are really starting to lean towards ID.


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