Because I am a biologist, evolution is at the core of virtually everything I think about. Like most of my colleagues, I’ve kept an eye on the emerging “intelligent design” movement. Unlike most of my colleagues, however, I don’t see ID as a threat to biology, public education or the ideals of the republic. To the contrary, what worries me more is the way that many of my colleagues have responded to the challenge.
J. Scott Turner is associate professor of biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. His latest book is The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself (Harvard University Press).