This briefing packet was developed in order to provide you with
clear and accurate information about the scientific theory of
intelligent design: what it is, how it originated, and how it differs
from Neo-Darwinism. [...]
This presentation which is aimed at US educators who would wish to teach ID contains nothing new (at least for me) in terms of science. But it does contain a very interesting assertions regarding education:
Discovery Institute opposed the Dover policy from
the start and urged the Dover school board to repeal
As a matter of public policy, Discovery Institute opposes
any effort to mandate or require the teaching the theory
of intelligent design by school districts or state boards of
Attempts to mandate
teaching about intelligent design only politicize the theory
and will hinder fair and open discussion of the merits of the
theory among scholars and within the scientific community.
Now, this is very politically correct language. In fact the presentation reeks with pro-science wording, long reference links list, all four peer-reviewed papers to support ID, and all in all it is as academic and pro-educational as one can imagine. Discovery Institute advocates teaching evolution. (Stressing, of course, the shortcomings of it).
Fine with me. If the children are really taught evolution properly, whether in the US or in Poland, with enough detail to understand the nature of the `weaknesses' singled out by the ID proponents, I would be happy. I have already written in the "CoB" that I would be happy with the children going thoroughly through the challenged curriculum of the Dover district. The problem is, that the criticism can not be addressed without detailed knowledge of other disciplines than biology. For example detailed understanding of geology (to understand the fossil record). Or understanding the basics of information theory, to understand the cornerstone of ID: the irreducibly complex information (ICI).
Try as I did I could not understand the ICI concept myself. And I went through quite a lot of available sources. It sounded like a repeated incantation to me. So, maybe there is someone who can explain it to me?