American Science and its Anti-Evolutionist Critics: it's the evidence stupid

Reed Richter
University of California, Irvine
This is an unpublished talk written for a meeting of French philosophers. The paper describes the evolution versus creationism/intelligent design controversy in the U.S. A number of philosophers and scientists try to resolve this issue by sharply distinguishing the realm of science versus any talk of the supernatural. These pro-evolutionists often appeal to science's essential commitment to "methodological naturalism," the view that scientific methodology is essentially committed to naturalism and cannot meaningfully entertain hypotheses concerning the supernatural. I criticize methodological naturalism, suggesting that such an appeal is misguided and counterproductive. I suggest an alternative view of the supernatural consistent with scientific knowledge.
Keywords creationism  intelligent design  science education  supernatural  teaching evolution  methodological naturalism  anti-evolutionists  pseudoscience
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