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September 11, 2003

Intelligent Design & the public

Chris Mooney has a great article out on polls that support "teaching both sides" in the "evolution controversy." Here is a good chunk showing why many scientists get furious with the intelligent design movement and its fellow travellers:

...In July, the state chapter of the Intelligent Design Network released results from a Zogby online poll that purportedly showed support for the teaching of Intelligent Design theory among scientists at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico...of 16,000 people at Sandia, Los Alamos, and various New Mexico universities supposedly invited to respond to the survey, only 248 did so, a ridiculously small response rate. In a statement, Sandia National Laboratory president C. Paul Robinson even termed the poll a "bogus mini-survey." The Intelligent Design Network has now taken a curious stance: The group stands by the poll but says it won't cite it any more, according to a letter obtained by New Mexicans for Science and Reason.

Posted by razib at 02:47 PM