Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Thursday, November 03, 2005

900 years of faith-based opposition to reason

Here's a nice little essay on the ID argument looking back nearly a millenium, by Phillip Ball in Nature. One has to like an essayist who starts out quoting Adelard of Bath:
"I do not detract from God. Everything that is, is from him, and because of him. But [nature] is not confused and without system, and so far as human knowledge has progressed it should be given a hearing. Only when it fails utterly should there be recourse to God."
Alas! Such sentiments escape the finer discrimination of the Intelligent Design proponents...