Saturday, June 04, 2005

Smithsonian Withdraws Support of Film on Intelligent Design

Here's a small victory for science and reason over the flat-earth mentality of the anti-science religious right. The Smithsonian has withdrawn co-sponsorship of a documentary on intelligent design. From the Washington Post's account:

"We have determined that the content of the film is not consistent with the mission of the Smithsonian Institution's scientific research," said a museum statement. The film, "The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe," is based on a book by Iowa State University astronomy professor Guillermo Gonzalez. Opponents say it and other arguments for intelligent design are creationism in disguise.

"They are trying to borrow from the scientific community by using words like 'quantum' and looking at the age of the Earth," writes James Randi. He's founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which financially supports research or efforts that dispel paranormal or supernatural claims. "They are trying to get scientific validity by doing faux scientific research."


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