Thursday, August 11, 2005

Confusing Science and Belief

"The President has unfortunately confused the difference between science and belief."
- Fred Spilhaus, Executive Director of the American Geophysical Union

UPDATED 11:50 P.M. ET: To the chagrin of scientists, President Bush said Monday he believes schools should discuss "intelligent design'' alongside evolution when teaching students about the creation of life.

During a round-table interview with reporters from five Texas newspapers, Bush declined to go into detail on his personal views of the origin of life. But he said students should learn about both ideas, Knight Ridder Newspapers reported.

"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,'' Bush said. "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.''

Intelligent design says life on Earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation.



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