The Los Angeles Times ran an article Dec. 29 regarding L.A.'s California Science Center and the center's decision to not run a film on intelligent design. L.A. Creationism Examiner will be tracking this story as it develops, but for now LACE wants to examine a letter to the editor the article inspired.
Justin Braun of Santa Cruz wrote, in part: "The creationist movement is by no means a benign one, and it needs to be constantly tracked and reported on accurately so that the people who make up the real scientific community can defend the mass of evidence that supports Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection. Please continue to be diligent as you follow this story, and please continue noting that the American Freedom Alliance and the creationism that it promotes has a history of trying to debunk hard, real science and continues to do so through its network of religiously affiliated funding sources."
LACE has yet to examine the American Freedom Alliance, but one thing can be addressed now: the issue of "hard, real science" and "the real scientific community." LACE wonders: Is Mr. Braun referring to the same "real scientific community" that produced the erroneous, amateurish climate-change report from the IPCC? And by "hard, real science," does Mr. Braun mean the lining up of various skulls and other bones next to each other and then simply presuming that the differences between them are the result of one species morphing into another?
LACE isn't calling evolution a fraud, though it's had its fair share of scams (Piltdown man, the peppered moth "experiment"). Evolution is a valid idea, but "observe and presume" fails to constitute a testable, repeatable hypothesis. Fossils, of course, comprise only one facet of evolutionists' argument, but it's one way in which evolutionists sully the notion of hard, real science.