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Thread #87409   Message #1631830
Posted By: The Walrus
20-Dec-05 - 09:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: Intelligent Judge
Subject: RE: BS: Intelligent Judge
"...That is the flaw in 'intelligent design'...it is basically just a statement of opinion...like an opinion of beauty or taste. This is NOT what science does!!! Anyone who claims that scientific theories about evolution are 'merely opinion' either does not comprehend how scientific method works, or is misusing definitions to muddle the issue...."

The problem lies in the definition of the word "Theory"

In Science a "theory" is a concidered concept which, although not provable in absolute terms, provides the 'best fit' to the available data, may be modified to fit to any new data and is open to challenge by other members of the scientific community

In general usage a "theory" can be anything from a sound idea to a wild arsed guess.

I will leave the readership to work out where "intellegent design" fits. (HINT: It's not in the scientific definition).

Walrus