Rebutting the IDers

| Tue Aug. 16, 2005 12:50 PM EDT

Once when I was about twelve, I visited China, where, during lunch, my family and I watched, gape-mouthed as the police chased a man scrambling through a restaurant, bowling over chairs left and right. Finally they tackled him to the ground and dragged him outside by the scruff of his neck. Through the window we could see four policemen take turns punching the guy in the head again and again. Pow! Pow! And when he tried to resist? Pow! Pow! It was all very horrifying, but somewhat perversely, that was the image that came to mind while reading Jerry Coyne takedown of "intelligent design" in this week's New Republic. Brutal and unrelenting. If you're looking for the definitive rebuttal of ID, this is pretty much it.

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