Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Lack of Intelligence at Baylor University

Evolution's ugly self has again found a place at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where I attend the Honors College. For those unfamiliar with the standing struggle between intelligent design theorists and evolutionists at Baylor University, the following link is very helpful:

On September 29, 2005, Dr. Robert M. Baird, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Baylor, gave a lecture on why he believed euthanasia to be a moral decision. While I disagreed with nearly all of Baird's premises to his arguments, one premise he declared stood out in particular. Baird based one of his arguments on evolutionary fact. No matter whether euthanasia is moral or not, Baird should have known better than to claim evolution as a fact.

It was only a few years ago that Baird, as the President of the Faculty Senate, challenged the validity of the Michael Polyani Center (MPC), an intelligent design think tank at Baylor University, and also of Dr. William A. Dembski, Ph.D, Ph.D., a leading proponent of design theory. The controversy escalated and eventually resulted in the removal of Dembski, the closing of the MPC, and the limitations of academic freedom and freedomf of thought at the university. For Baird to not only have known this but to have taken an active role in it and then to turn to a university divided over this issue and declare that evolution is a fact, shows his blatant disregard for the research produced by his colleagues.

More recently, the Baylor University newspaper, The Lariat, printed an op-ed piece from the Miami Herald. The article compared design theorists involved in the Dover Area School District lawsuit to the Ku Klux Klan members. Yet, no piece was ever run concerning support for the Dover Area School District with the exception of a brief note to the editor.

Whether here at Baylor University or elsewhere, students need to continue to question Darwinian evolution. Intelligent design is indeed a science and is not a religion. It is an issue worth discussing and it is an issue that should be discussed at Baylor. Opponents of design theory here at Baylor should not have a dictatorship over speech, academia, and thought. It is my hope that Baylor will soon leave their current state antagonism towards intelligent design and show favor to free thought. As of now, however, many, such as Baird and The Lariat, have not only rejected intelligent design, but they have simply rejected intelligence.

1 comment:

Joe said...

Just a quick post, nothing too thorough.

Saying that evolution is not a fact is the same as saying that gravity isn't a fact. When you drop something, it falls to the ground. In physics there is a discrepancy between traditional Newtonian thought and quantum theory. Similarly, species have changed over the course of Earth's history. In the political sphere of science, ID advocates contend that God, not natural selection caused the physical transformation of Earth's organisms. I'm sure you realize this, but you seem quick to attack the semantics of scientists, so I figured I'd point out your error.