Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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His article is indicative of the major problem with ID -- it's not actually a theory, just a (valid) criticism of Darwinism.

I've long felt that ID should be taught in school -- but in philosophy, not biology, classes. It's an important concept in its own right, but as it's neither predictive nor empirically testable, it has little to do with science. Of course we don't usually require philosophy in high schools anymore -- but we ought to.


...and yet it's precisely philosophy that those opposing intelligent design want taught in science classes.

The very belief that I.D. is necessarily un-scientific, by allowing for a designer, is a matter of philosophy.

"Science must disallow viewpoints positing a designer" is not a scientific statement.
It's not something that can be subject to experimentation; it can't be falsified. It's a view in the realm of religion.

Surely we should be open to the possibilities, unless we're religious dogmatists. And we wouldn't want that.

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