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August 2, 2005

Unintelligent

Apparently Bush “didn’t seem eager” to talk about this. But he did:

WASHINGTON - President Bush waded into the debate over evolution and “intelligent design” Monday, saying schools should teach both theories on the creation and complexity of life.
… Bush compared the current debate to earlier disputes over “creationism,” a related view that adheres more closely to biblical explanations. As governor of Texas, Bush said students should be exposed to both creationism and evolution.
On Monday the president said he favors the same approach for intelligent design “so people can understand what the debate is about.”
… “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.”
The National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have both concluded that there’s no scientific basis for intelligent design and oppose its inclusion in school science classes.
“The claim that equity demands balanced treatment of evolutionary theory and special creation in science classrooms reflects a misunderstanding of what science is and how it is conducted,” the academy said in a 1999 assessment. “Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science.”

This may also be true of the president’s IQ.

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