Paul Nelson has a nice blog about scientists getting concerned about their dependency on teleological concepts and language.
Speaking of Rudy Raff, Nelson writes:
His most recent, "Stand up for evolution" (Evolution and Development 7 [July 2005]:273-275), advises biologists to police their own language when describing biological systems. As Raff writes:
…let us not play into the hands of ID propagandists. For instance, be careful about using teleological words to describe biological entities in our teaching and writing. Calling cells "machines that do X," or describing biological structures as "well designed to do Y" will be duly cited in ID propaganda as one more biologist-supporting design.
Nelson then follows with some clever commentary. But I have a dream.
Wouldn't it be great if all the leaders in the scientific community got together and agreed that starting in 2006, editors across the board would prohibit the use of teleological concepts and language in their journals? Since the concepts and terminology are inherently and ultimately misleading from the non-teleological perspective, and can be so easily abused by "ID propaganda", the only responsible thing for a non-teleologist to do is to give up the long time addiction with teleological thinking.
If that Great Day would only come, the non-teleologists would finally stop cashing checks from the teleological account, and a moment of clarity would be born. As the non-teleologists finally put their Trash on the lawn, once and for all, we teleologists would be happy to give the Trash a new home "“ a home where it has always belonged.
Welcome home, Genetic Code.
Welcome home, Molecular Machine.
Don't worry about being abandoned by your adoptive parents; your real parents will be happy to keep you busy.