With the release of Atlas Shrugged, part one, we thought it might be appropriate to present the Objectivist view of the intelligent design movement.
We found a video presentation at the website of the Ayn Rand Center: Creationism in Camouflage: The “Intelligent Design” Deception. It’s by Keith Lockitch, about whom we know nothing except that he has a PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin. The video was recorded a few years ago — on 17 November 2005. That’s before the Kitzmiller decision, so this is a bit dated.
There’s some introductory text before the video:
For decades creationists have sought to replace evolution with the book of Genesis. But defenders of evolution have consistently prevailed in the schools and the courts of law. This struggle for intellectual survival has led to the evolution of a new “species” of creationist, better adapted to its inhospitable environment. The new creationism goes by the name “intelligent design” and poses a greater danger than old-style creationism.
Quite so. Here’s the rest of it:
In this talk Dr. Lockitch will examine the intelligent design movement focusing on its similarities and differences with standard creationism. By hiding its religious essence behind a cloak of pseudo-science, the movement seeks to make itself more palatable to intellectuals and the general public. And because today’s academics — including the most passionate and vocal defenders of evolution — have failed to offer rational answers to intelligent design’s most fundamental arguments, the doors of our colleges and schools are ominously open to primitive mysticism masquerading as science.
The video runs for an hour. It starts slowly with a description of the Institute and a pitch for contributions. Then Lockitch spends a lot of time explaining evolution. You may want to scoot past all that to around the 20-minute mark where he begins talking about the controversy with creationists. It’s an historical treatment, starting with the old-time bible-based creationists, which morphs into creation science, and finally (at about the 30-minute mark) into intelligent design. Most of you know this stuff, but it’s a good intro for a novice. At the end there’s a question and answer period.
If nothing else, you can comment about the movie. Hey, why not?
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