The Intelligent Design movement suffered a major setback today. Not only did they lose the Dover, PA trial, they got a shellacking.
PZ Meyers over at Pharyngula has all the juicy details, including these quotes from the court's opinion:
ID is a politico-religious movement that aims to undermine the scientific enterprise by redefining it to incorporate the supernatural. That's basically what the judge said:
Moreover, cross-examination revealed that Professor Behe's redefinition of the blood-clotting system was likely designed to avoid peer- reviewed scientific evidence that falsifies his argument, as it was not a scientifically warranted redefinition.
We therefore find that Professor Behe's claim for irreducible complexity has been refuted in peer-reviewed research papers and has been rejected by the scientific community at large.
In his ruling, Jones said that while intelligent design, or ID, arguments “may be true, a proposition on which the court takes no position, ID is not science.” Among other things, he said intelligent design “violates the centuries-old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation”; it relies on “flawed and illogical” arguments; and its attacks on evolution “have been refuted by the scientific community.”It's about time someone put a stop to their unpleasant scheme.
This evening, I'm going out to celebrate.