January 5, 2006


Intelligent Design Gains Momentum, Raises Eyebrows on Campuses (Sarah Price Brown, 1/05/06, Religion News Service)

When Hannah Maxson started an intelligent design club at Cornell University last fall, a handful of science majors showed up for the first meeting. Today, the high-profile club boasts more than 80 members. [...]

When Cornell's interim president, Hunter R. Rawlings III, denounced intelligent design as "a religious belief masquerading as a secular idea" in a speech in October, Maxson, a 21-year-old junior and president of the Ithaca, N.Y., school's IDEA club, responded with a press release. Rawlings' comments were a "gross misstatement," she said, and "an insult to people of faith throughout America."

Suddenly, Maxson, a self-described "bookish" chemistry and math major, found herself and her club in the spotlight. "Before, we were just basically a science club," she said. "Now, we have to defend our ideas everywhere."

During one recent week, she was scheduled to speak about intelligent design at a campus discussion, make a presentation to a biology class and give an interview on local radio.

With the possible exception of Algebra, no other topic has ever had more time and money wasted on teaching it to young people to so little effect as Darwinism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 4:01 PM

Are there any propopents of intelligent design that aren't "people of faith"? Why does pointing out the meritlessness of intelligent design constitute an insult against people of faith?

Posted by: Grog at January 5, 2006 9:07 PM

Is this club anything more than something for Christian college students, who probably shy away from what they would see as more "secular" extracurricular activites at Cornell, to put on their grad school applications?

Posted by: Grog at January 5, 2006 9:10 PM



Posted by: oj at January 5, 2006 10:35 PM


Yes, many, starting with Anthony Flew. Even Daniel Dennett admitted to believing in design in an unguarded moment.

Posted by: oj at January 5, 2006 10:38 PM

I look forward to all these "little bastards" coming up with a testable hypothesis to defend their ideas.

Posted by: creeper at January 6, 2006 3:51 AM

...right after Darwinism does....

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 7:35 AM

Algebra is used everyday as it teaches us to think logically and sequentially. Those skills are still important and rarely taught outside of Algebra at the high school level. I vote to keep teaching it.

Posted by: paul s at January 6, 2006 12:41 PM


Less than 13% use them.

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 1:56 PM

algebra is the easiest A going.

Posted by: toe at January 6, 2006 2:23 PM

13%, that wouldn't be a WAG would it?

Posted by: paul s at January 6, 2006 3:02 PM

It's the percentage of Americans who remain brainwashed into believing in Darwin.

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 3:54 PM

My point being if more people understood Algebra that number would decrease...

Posted by: paul s at January 6, 2006 6:32 PM

Is that what WAG means?

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 9:46 PM
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