January 23, 2006

Intelligent Design or Intelligent Deceivers you Decide

A follow up to my last post, further hunting for worthy news stories led me to http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n7067/full/438422c.html page on Nature. This quote-

This hypothesis proposes that the ID movement is motivated by an 'intelligent deceiver'. Individuals who understand how to debate alternative scientific hypotheses would never intentionally promote religious dogma as science. So an intelligent deceiver must be at work, guiding proponents of ID to sow confusion over valid scientific debate.

Kind of sums up how I feel about some of those who debate creationism/intelligent design. All because someone knows how to argue their case (and they are good at arguing) does not make their case more valid. They tend to cherry pick the facts that help them ignoring the rest.

It reminds me of a recent docudrama I was watching on TV about animal rights, the scene was set in a radio station where the presenter was interviewing a scientist who experimented on animals and an animal rights activist. The scientist was calm, made a few good points, but the animal rights activist shouted her argument through the interview preventing the scientist from speaking further, she took control of the debate and won argument. As an educated person I wasn't convinced by this person, but I could see a lot of the general public would be swayed by this approach (she won).