It’s a somewhat odd article in which I apparently attributed evolution to nothing but chance, since the only alternative is Design. This, of course, is not my view, but there’s enough other stuff in there to stir up controversy that maybe we’ll stir up a contentious audience.
There is, apparently, an intelligent design creationism proponent on the faculty of Southern Oregon University, and they got a few comments from him.
Professor Roger Christianson said there are alternative explanations of how diversity happened, and “people who believe in intelligent design feel the complexity of life is too great to come about by naturalistic forces.”
Christianson, an evangelical Christian, said he has brought up intelligent design and creation science in class to show the swing of the pendulum between the two schools of thought, and “I suggest the truth is somewhere in the middle.”
“I talk mostly about adaptation that can be seen from either point of view,” he said. “… I see the world as an evolving pot, with natural selection as the driving force, but I certainly don’t rule out that an intelligence or a creator is involved.”
Charming. Of course, my talk tonight is specifically a counter to that silly and ignorant notion that the fact that organisms are complex must imply that they were designed. And no, there aren’t two schools of thought: there are religious kooks on one side, and the scientific evidence on the other…and only in the minds of the deluded is the correct answer “somewhere in the middle”.
Experience tells me, though, that Professor Christianson will be nowhere near my talk tonight.