9. Why Do People Not Believe that Evolution Happened? ==>
   9.3. Specious Arguments Against Evolution ==>
     9.3.1. Source of specious arguments ==>
       9.3.1.2. Intelligent Design ==>

9.3.1.2.3. Let's Teach The Controversy

<b>Let's Teach The Controversy</b> is a catchphrase being used by those who want supernatural ideas taught as science. This implies that there are two sides in the scientific world. There are not. "Young Earth" creationsits deny evolution and then claim there are two sides.

See the next pages to see how the "Let's Teach The Controversy" folk are continuing attempt to undermine our scientific education.

The seductive "let's teach the controversy" language conveys the false idea that there really are two sides.

Intelligent design is not an argument of the same character as these controversies. It is not a scientific argument at all, but a religious one. It might be worth discussing in a class on the history of ideas, in a philosophy class on popular logical fallacies, or in a comparative religion class on origin myths from around the world. But it no more belongs in a biology class than alchemy belongs in a chemistry class, phlogiston in a physics class or the stork theory in a sex education class. In those cases, the demand for equal time for "both theories" would be ludicrous. Similarly, in a class on 20th-century European history, who would demand equal time for the theory that the Holocaust never happened?

Teaching the Controversy would hand Young Earth proponents the only victory they realistically aspire to. Without needing to make a single scientific point in any argument, they would have won the right for a form of supernaturalism to be recognised as an authentic part of science. And that would be the end of science education in America.