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W00T! Templeton Foundation zorches the Discovery Institute - Elf M. Sternberg
W00T! Templeton Foundation zorches the Discovery Institute
I've never been one to be happy with the Templeton Foundation, that multimillion-dollar thinktank dedicated to reconciling the gap between science and religion. I'm with Steven Weinberg: "I am in favor of a dialogue between science and religion as long as it is not constructive." The Templeton Foundation kindly disagrees with Weinberg, but they've always been civil about it.

Not this week, however.

The Templeton Foundation released a letter to the press this week stating that, "We do not believe that the science underpinning the intelligent-design movement is sound, we do not support research or programs that deny large areas of well-documented scientific knowledge, and the foundation is a nonpolitical entity and does not engage in or support political movements." (The letter is behind a paywall at the L.A. Times.)

Kudos to the Templetons for recognizing that there's no science in Intelligent Design, that it is a political movement and a public relations effort. It was only a year or so ago that the Templeton Foundation publicly complained that after funding some ID conferences, they asked for papers supporting the science claims, and none never came.

The Discovery Institute really needs to find a new hobby.

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