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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

"In the 1990s, several authors in the United States revived the argument from design but modified the second prong of the [Paley] argument by referring to an unspecified "intelligent designer," thus avoiding explicit reference to God, so that the argument from design could be taught in the public schools as an alternative to evolution. Judge Jones, like so many other independent observers, saw through this hypocritical subterfuge and determined, moreover, that the argument lacks any scientific cogency whatsoever."
-Francisco Ayala (2008). Science, Evolution and Creationism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (1): 3-4. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0711608105

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