My good friend, Ken Beacon, had another interesting letter about intelligent design in the April 29 Opine. He has been submitting a series of informative letters regarding ID. At the conclusion of each letter he states, "Now I ask you, does ID seem like science or religion?" That's a valid question. After all, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and swims like a duck then it must be science. It is exactly this subtle deception that makes intelligent design so insidious. Indeed, it does look like science!

Using that same criteria (seeming to be science), I submit to you that intelligent design should be placed on equal footing with astrology. After all, astrology has been around for thousands of years longer than ID. It has been fine-tuned to seem as scientific as anything. The movement of the sun, moon, planets and stars have been charted and examined for as long as mankind has had the curiosity to gaze upward. The relationship of the position and movement of heavenly bodies to human behavior has been well-documented by astrologers. What could look more science-like than that?

This very newspaper publishes a daily horoscope thereby making a positive contribution to the body of astrologically scientific knowledge. A local radio station has a Thursday morning call-in program during which anyone can ask specific questions and receive specific answers based on the vast array of scientific information garnered from the science of astrology.

But here is the coup de grace of the matter. Astrology makes predictions about the future. One of the hallmarks of any scientific theory is that it has the ability to make predictions about future events or conditions. Since the motion of celestial bodies is well understood and can be plotted far into the future, astrologers have the ability to predict events concerning a person's life many years in advance. But I have yet to read or hear of any predictions resulting from intelligent design. If there are any then so much the better for science. Perhaps, one day intelligent design will catch up with astrology and be a similarly respected theory of science. I'll check my astrological chart to see if that's going to happen.

Lawrence E. Gasch


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