Thursday, August 25, 2005

Darwin vs. DaVinci

"Intelligent Design (or ID) is the controversial assertion promoted by a movement denominated by the same name, that certain features of the universe and of living things exhibit the characteristics of a product resulting from an intelligent cause or agent. Most ID advocates state that their focus is on detecting evidence of design in nature, without regard to who or what the designer might be." --from Wikipedia

What if public schools were to create an entirely new subject (in addition to science curriculum) called Nature Studies? This could be entirely distinct from science, and it could bolster (or incorporate) the pitiful excuse for art education we are giving our children. In this subject area, children would not be asked to prove, to quantify, or to clinically summarize natural processes. They would simply be asked to observe nature and to give free rein to their curiosity about what really makes the world go around.

Who knows? Maybe this kind of existential brainstorming could actually help us clean up the giant mess we have made of the planet.

tags: Gaia hypothesis, Earth science