Almost every discussion involving evolution that I'm privy to, there are misconceptions about evolution that come up. Heck, I'm sure I've probably said things that misrepresent or misunderstand evolution, just by virtue of the fact I'm not an evolutionary biologist.
Out of interest, I wonder if there are similar problems with people's understandings of various forms of creationism and of Intelligent Design.
Does anyone here know of common misconceptions about creationism and/or ID that wrongly influence people's attitudes to them?
"Creationism" at a term has almost lost it's meaning. Sometimes it simply refers to a religious belief that a deity created everything. Sometimes it is used specifically indicate it is a belief “as opposed to evolution”, and I’d like to believe that at some point in time it had been an attempt to rationally explain origins… but that usage fo the term is far gone by now.
“Intelligent design” can still be saved (I think). There are a lot of idiots out there who are writing things, particularly in the internet, and calling it an intelligent design argument. This is almost never the case
ID is a modern variation of Paley’s argument for design, the difference being that ID takes evolutionary theory into account. It is (or should be) a hypothesis that the same standards of intelligent design used certain scientific fields, aught to be applied to the universe. And the implied follow up that if they are we conclude that some intelligent being is involved with the design of the universe
“The universe is really complicated, something must have created it” is not ID
“Pitdown man was a pigs tooth evolution is wrong! Ahahahahah!!!!1!!” Is not ID
“and if you look at the structure of a human vein you can see that it is more complicated than this pen, but this pen was designed so your vein must have been” Is getting kinda warm, but if it’s ID at all, It’s really really bad ID
“The sequencing of the blood coagulation cascade represents an irreducibly complex system that cannot be adequately explained by modern evolutionary theory, more importantly the system possessed a series of checks and balances which, in other circumstances would cause one to believe the system was build with an end in mind” Is ID
(I should note that I’m not necessarily saying that last argument is true, only that it represents an argument which is fair to call ID)