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Louisiana Academy of Sciences statement on "intelligent design"


The Louisiana Academy of Sciences adopted a resolution on "intelligent design" at its March 10, 2006, annual business meeting. The resolution [Link broken] (PDF) reads:

Whereas the stated goal of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences is to encourage research in the sciences and disseminate scientific knowledge, and
Whereas such pursuits are based on the scientific method requiring the testing of hypotheses before their inclusion in the body of scientific knowledge, and
Whereas organic evolution is amenable to repeated observation and testing, and
Whereas the ideas of Intelligent Design are not amenable to verification by observation and experimentation, and
Whereas the Academy respects and supports the right of people to possess beliefs in Intelligent Design and other matters that are not encompassed by the subject matter of science,
Therefore be it resolved that the term "Intelligent Design" does not denote a hypothesis, theory, or method of inquiry that falls within the realm of science, and
Be it further resolved that the members of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences urge fellow Louisianans, political leaders, and educators to oppose the inclusion in state science programs of Intelligent Design or other similar ideas which cannot be tested, accepted, or rejected by the scientific method.
Founded in 1927, the Louisiana Academy of Sciences issued a similar statement about creation science in early 1982, a few months after Louisiana's "Creationism Act" was passed in 1981.