- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
First of all, the word “theory” in the scientific vernacular does not mean the same as “theory” in the common vernacular. In short (very short), a scientific theory is a hypothesis that has been tested and verified. So by its very definition, no, Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory as it has been neither tested nor verified.
So let’s move down the ladder. Can we call Intelligent Design a hypothesis? In order for a hypothesis (or a theory) to be considered scientific it must be falsifiable. Which means that IF the hypothesis were false, there would be a certain outcome to an experiment or an observation we would expect to see.
For example, the Theory of Evolution could be falsified by a static fossil record, the existence of some mechanism that prevents mutations from occurring or being transmitted, or if the fossils of a modern species or recently extinct species popped up in ancient geological strata.
So before Intelligent Design can be taken seriously as a scientific hypothesis, let alone a theory, it must be shown to be falsifiable. Can someone here posit an observation or outcome to an experiment that a proponent of Intelligent Design would accept as falsifying Intelligent Design?
Please note, that just because something isn’t falsifiable or isn’t testable by the scientific method does not necessarily mean it isn’t true. It just means it falls outside the scientific arena, and most certainly should not be taught in a science classroom.
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