Mike Gene authored a short blog item at The Design Matrix entitled Evidence and Truth. Quoting:
Yes, evidence is important when making decisions about our natural and social world, but relying solely on the evidence may very well deliver only a superficial, or even false, understanding of the world. We know this simply from the fact that in court rooms around the world, judges and juries have followed the evidence before them to determine guilty people are innocent and innocent people are guilty. This holds true even if we rule out corruption and biases.
With advances in DNA technology there have been headline stories recently of convicted criminals cleared of serious charges like rape after having spent years in prison. New technology produced new evidence clearing them of a crime for which juries, lacking such evidence, had voted for conviction. Advances in scientific research are made possible by technological progress. That in turn leads to more and sometimes contrasting evidence that can impact theories. More from the link:
Right there, in that scene, we see the difference between evidence and truth. Relying solely on the evidence may very well deliver only a superficial, or even false, understanding of the world.
Our understanding is shaped by our preconceptions. Here are some questions:
* If you are an ID critic the confirmation of what types of hypotheses would convince you that ID was a scientifically valid theory? What predictions?
* If you are an IDist what type of evidence would convince you that ID has no plausible future in the realm of science? Philosophy?
* Make two assumptions regardless of what you believe. Assume that evolution occurred as specified by mainstream theory but also assume that it was front loaded in that from the very first cell to the present time key phenotypic innovations were enabled by genomic features found in ancestral organisms. If we replayed the tape of natural history from the begining what would have to be front loaded at the outset to enable adaptation; evolution? Surely a capacity to replicate but what if anything else? Mechanisms that maintain genomic integrity? A genetic code? Mechanisms that enable gene expression; regulation? What?
And if initial cellular properties were specified but different from those actually found in earthly primordial cells, what would a replayed tape look like? Were eukaryotic life forms inevitable?