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In What Way Is Intelligent Design A 'Theory' As Fox Says?

Reported by Donna - December 20, 2005

On Studio B with Shepard Smith today, he went to correspondent, David Lee Miller, for a report on the Federal Judge in Pennsylvania banning the teaching of intelligent design in the Biology curriculum in schools in Pennsylvania.

Miller gave a description of intelligent design and I wondered if his description was accurate. He said that intelligent design is the theory that essentially says that life is too complex to be explained away by Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

Comments: I looked theory up in Webster's Dictionary and the first description for a theory is: 1 : the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another. Now there are more descriptions, another one is: a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation b : an unproved assumption.

In either case, he is not using the word for the first description since intelligent designed is not based on a set of facts in their relation to one another, so he must be talking about the other description. If so, then he is making the case that intelligent design does not belong in the sciences curriculum because it holds no basis in fact.

However, would Fox's audience know this? Or would they assume that a 'theory' means it's based in fact? We report, you decide.

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