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Monday, October 17, 2005

The Panda's Thumb

Anyone who wants to seriously consider the claims of the Intelligent Design movement with anything resembling an open mind, must, in my opinion, familiarize herself with The Panda's Thumb. This blog is dedicated to attacking the claims of ID. There are several contributors. Most of them make no attempt at being unbiased--they are attempting to refute ID, and discredit leading ID thinkers. Sometimes the posts are silly, sometimes strident, sometimes overkill. Sometimes, however, they seem to be dead on. Recent posts have included an analysis of the change in an ID-pushed textbook from "Creationism" to "Intelligent Design," implying that there was a deliberate strategy to downplay Creationism, because it would be perceived as religious in nature, while ID might not. There are occasional posts using scientific literature to challenge some of the most important claims of, for example, Michael Behe.

I haven't the time or energy to analyze and comment on each and every post (there is usually more than one a day), and I can't imagine anyone else who does, either, but sampling a few will give a reader a sense of the flavor of the blog, and will probably also present some serious substantive argument.

I expect to return to commenting on Lee Strobel's The Case for a Creator, which is an important pro-ID book, in the near future.

Thanks for reading.

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