, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 04 Mar 2008

The False Dichotomy of Evolution versus Intelligent Design

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Few issues are as capable of arousing strong opinions and heated discussion as the origin and evolution of life. This isn’t surprising. Origin stories are prominent in every culture and religion and they contribute to our conceptions of ourselves. The topic of evolution arouses strong feelings in people because in this area the findings of science are most obviously in conflict with deeply held tenets of their origin concepts. In contrast, the theory of electromagnetism or the atomic theory don’t elicit that kind of response because most cultural origin stories and religious doctrines are fairly mute on the nature of electricity or the composition of matter. The “Intelligent Design” movement is just one of many examples of backlash against modern science. It is an interesting and particularly troubling one, though, in that it seeks to borrow the respectability of science through choice of language and superficially scientific sounding arguments while at the same time attacking the very

This general interest essay is written for a general audience and is intended for high school or first year university students.