Sunday, 10 October 2010

Glasgow's own Centre 4 Intelligent Design starts to unravel

From the Sunday Herald;

They are among Scotland’s most eminent scientists, they believe the world was created in six days and women were made from Adam’s rib ...and they’re coming to a school near you.
 A new creationist group that preaches the “scientific” theory of intelligent design has set up in Glasgow with the stated aim of promoting its beliefs to schools and colleges.
The Centre for Intelligent Design, headed by a Northern Irish professor of genetics, a vice-president of the Royal College of Physicians and a former school inspector, has already prepared the ground for a clash with authorities.
The group’s director, Dr Alastair Noble, told the Sunday Herald it was “inevitable” the debate would make its way into schools – even though the Scottish Government says teachers should not regard intelligent design as science.
“We are definitely not targeting schools, but that doesn’t mean to say we may not produce resources that go to schools,” Dr Noble said, adding that he had already been asked to speak in Scottish schools, and agreed to do so.
"I think people are afraid of this debate because they sense it’s religion from the back door."


  1. Yet again I feel somewhat conflicted. I like Prof Norman Nevin a great deal, and in my work I owe him a lot. However, his views on ID are entirely non-scientific, utterly refuted by the evidence, and do NOT reflect the views of doctors working in Genetics. Sadly, having Norman alongside David Galloway (Surgical vice-president of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow) in this crazy organisation promotes the view that medics are a particular wellspring of cdesign proponentsists. That ain't so - my own experience is that medical students are very keen to learn about evolution, and most of them drop creationist superstition as they advance in their studies.

    Let's hope this "C4ID" goes the same way as its sibling "Truth in Science" and fades into obscurity.

  2. "I think people are afraid of this debate because they sense it’s religion from the back door."
    Nearly right Dr. Noble, but not quite. People are not afraid of the "debate", they just want none of it - because they KNOW that it's religion by the back door.