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The origin of humans is the most complex issues we face. I find it hard to explain to anyone who we are, or how we came to be. There is a great saying; the dead know only thing it's better to be alive. Like most people I wonder about the mysteries of the universe. Regardless of your personal perception three things are certain in this life. You are born, you pay taxes, and you will die. People have struggled to explain "the meaning of life." Are we all a bunch of ants in an experiment? One way people deal with this mystery is in the belief of a higher being. A loving God who will reward you if you are nice on earth. If for some reason you should act on your human nature in a socially disapproving way, you will go to hell. But he is an all forgiving God. It is this belief in a higher being that has inspired many people from all corners of the world. Faith, the belief in something that cannot be seen. Faith is a very personal and powerful part if many peoples lives, including myself. While faith is enough to satisfy the curiosity of many, there are those who seek more proof and understanding in our world. For these people, "God willed it" is not satisfactory. Scientists attempt to explain our world through the scientific method, Darwin's theory of evolution and many years of research.

So this sets up for the debate of all debates, who are we and were did we come from? On one side we have Intelligent Design, or I.D. which claims that something in nature are simply too complex to happen by chance. In their view there is a higher being (God) who us being it all. On the other side of the debate we have evolution, which consists of Darwin's theory of natural selection. To their credit scientists have a better case, but it's fair because they are so much smarter. This is a debate which really has three sides. The third being politics, but I won't get into that. There isn't much of a middle ground on this issue. You're learning on way or the other.

A 1999 Gallup poll showed that thirty-eight percent of people believed wholly in Creationism, forty-three percent believed in a more intelligent design like theory, but only eighteen percent believed in the evolution theory. The same poll showed that the higher the education one had, the more likely they were to believe in Darwin's theory of evolution, to only twenty percent of high school graduates. (Ushma,Neil). So since the debate us about which of the two should be taught in schools, I'll explore both theories starting with intelligent design.

Intelligent design has a very interesting stance. They don't have much in the ways of scientific fact. They are not respected in the academic field because they lack integrity. Not only has intelligent design not gained acceptance in the academic world, it has also failed to find warm embrace at many evangelical christen colleges. (Goodstein,Laurie)

The problem they face lie in the way they present their argument. They believe that certain things are far to complicated for us, why even bother trying to explain? While this is acceptable to them, I believe we have a brain for a reason. Why limit ourselves, or limit what our kids are being taught in school I don't believe we will get anywhere in life. If we stop being curious. If we accept that things are the way they are and stop seeking answers. Intelligent design "scientists" are very skeptical of the theories of evolution. In the sense that there are holes and gaps in it. Meanwhile they present no theories of their own. When and were intelligent design occurs is impossible to prove or disprove, but they are skeptical about when and were species evolve. "This is a double standard." (Ushma, Neil). Intelligent design doesn't exist as an academic field, but it is religion in disguise. I have no problem with faith, but when faith brought up outside



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