The Electric Commentary

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Conservatives and Evolution.

Ben Adler (The New Republic) was wondering which prominent conservatives believe in evolution, so he asked them. When I read this I was surprised by how unsurprised I was with their answers. I tried to predict their answers in advance and I was very good. For instance, Dr. Charles Krauthammer you would expect to believe in evolution, and indeed:

Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post

Whether he personally believes in evolution: "Of course."

What he thinks of intelligent design: "At most, interesting."

Whether intelligent design should be taught in public schools: "The idea that [intelligent design] should be taught as a competing theory to evolution is ridiculous. ... The entire structure of modern biology, and every branch of it [is] built around evolution and to teach anything but evolution would be a tremendous disservice to scientific education. If you wanna have one lecture at the end of your year on evolutionary biology, on intelligent design as a way to understand evolution, that's fine. But the idea that there are these two competing scientific schools is ridiculous."

Grover Norquist, on the other hand:

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Whether he personally believes in evolution: "I've never understood how an eye evolves."

What he thinks of intelligent design: "Put me down for the intelligent design people."

How evolution should be taught in public schools: "The real problem here is that you shouldn't have government-run schools. ... Given that we have to spend all our time crushing the capital gains tax I don't have much time for this issue."

Actually, most of the conservatives asked do believe in evolution, although a few are wishy-washy about it (Like Tucker Carlson. I'm not even sure what he believes).

Read the whole thing.


MDS has more, as does Ed Brayton.


  • James Taranto:

    Whether schools should teach intelligent design or similar critiques of evolution in biology classes: "I guess I would say they probably shouldn't be taught in biology classes; they probably should be taught in philosophy classes if there is such a thing. It seems to me, and again I don't speak with any authority on this, that the hypothesis ... that the universe is somehow inherently intelligent is not a scientific hypothesis. Because how do you prove it or disprove it? And really the question is how do you disprove it, because a scientific hypothesis has to be capable of being falsified."

    End of discussion. But you'd be amazed at how many people I've said this to almost verbatim and still manage to twist this around to questions about specifics in the evolutionary theory.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 2:38 PM  

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