Many supporters of Darwinism fear that if intelligent design orientations find there way into mainstream science it will retard or halt progress. They claim that instead of scientists doggedly searching for the "real" causes of things, they will invoke design and no progress will be made. But is this a realistic fear? Perhaps if they had a bit more faith in their own paradigm they could rest a lot easier.
Darwinists staunchly believe in the power of natural selection. It is a cardinal principal. Some kind of change happens in a system and natural selection weeds out that which is unfit. But where on earth could one find a more competitive arena with enormous selection pressures than in science. Scientists have to compete mightily for research funding, prestige, tenure, peer acceptance, etc. Scientists who do not produce, quickly find themselves "selected out".
If a design orientation is such a vacuous approach that will truncate real progress, how long will those who adopt it survive the brutal selection pressures. Surely Darwinists who have a little faith should rest easy that scientific IDers will quickly disappear from the scientific arena, just one more failed fossil on the selection heap.
Perhaps the fear is not that ID will ruin science but that it actually might enhance it.