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Infidels, Freethinkers, Humanists, and Unbelievers
Raymo, Chet
"The new advocates of ID [Intelligent Design] ask that their ideas be judged by scientific, not religious, criteria. OK, let's see how well ID stacks up as a scientific alternative to Darwinism. To gauge how well ID is doing as a platform for scientific research, I logged into the best database of the biological literature. A search for keyword ''evolution'' yielded 24,000 hits in the last decade. A search for ''intelligent design'' yielded not a single piece of research. Evolution by natural selection remains the basis of every successful biological research program."

-- Chet Raymo


Chet Raymo is Professor Emeritus at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. He is the author of eleven books on science and nature, including Skeptics and True Believers, An Intimate Look At the Night Sky, The Path: A One-Mile Walk Through the Universe, and most recently Climbing Brandon: Science and Faith on Ireland's Holy Mountain. His work has been widely anthologized, including in the Norton Book of Nature Writing. He is a winner of a 1998 Lannan Literary Award for his nonfiction work. His most famous book was the novel entitled The Dork of Cork, and was made into the feature length film Frankie Starlight.

Additrional Quotation

"I am a cautious pilgrim of the night, a tentative wanderer among the stars. My awareness of my home in the universe is fleeting and incomplete. Into the homeless home of the sun-faced buddha I have stepped but briefly. My quest, such as it is, is rewarded with faint lights and scrawny cries, a trait here and trait there, a hint of the infinite and a tingle in the spine. Of "minute particulars" I will make my way."

 
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