Andrea Bottaro posted Entry 1331 on August 11, 2005 12:46 PM.
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Jerry Coyne has a nice, long, thorough analysis of ID in The New Republic. Not much new for the initiated, but a very good primer for newbies to the issue, touching everything from science (or lack thereof) to the religious roots of ID. (I am not sure, but it may require free registration to read)
Did I say it’s long? It’s long.

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Comment #42169

Posted by steve on August 11, 2005 1:10 PM (e)

bugmenot username and password for tnr.com:
u: 33477b
p: 33477b

Comment #42184

Posted by steve on August 11, 2005 1:38 PM (e)

I need a special firefox extension to hide the obligatory reference to Scopes which has to lead off every evolution/ID article. It’s so tediously repetitive at this point. Kind of like if you’re in physics, eventually, mentions of Schrodinger’s Cat starts to cause involuntary eye-rolling.

Comment #42230

Posted by N.Wells on August 11, 2005 4:01 PM (e)

Long but very good. Thanks for announcing it.

Comment #42280

Posted by steve on August 11, 2005 7:41 PM (e)

One thing this piece reminds me of, is how good these judges have been. They consistenly see the creationist tricks for what they are–fundamentalist attempts to deform science teaching to fit the bible.

Comment #42287

Posted by steve on August 11, 2005 8:21 PM (e)

Man, that TNR piece just taught me something cool:

Five months after conception, human fetuses grow a thin coat of hair, called lanugo, all over their bodies. It does not seem useful–after all, it is a comfortable 98.6 degrees in utero–and the hair is usually shed shortly before birth. The feature makes sense only as an evolutionary remnant of our primate ancestry; fetal apes also grow such a coat, but they do not shed it.

Comment #43329

Posted by The Sanity Inspector on August 16, 2005 3:18 PM (e)

Dembski copied and posted the whole thing on his website–what a jerk.