That's the overriding sense one suspects the writers of the essays in Intelligent Thought were experiencing when they put pen to paper. More than one of them, I'm sure, muttered to himself: 'I can't fucking believe I'm having to write this.â?�
These essayists are scientists, leading lights in their field, and possibly some of the smartest people in the world; the topic is 'Intelligent Design,â?� and you can imagine the ease with which these men (and woman) demolish the wobbly speciousness of the pseudoscience behind ID's creationist claptrap. Though some of the scientists readily admit to playing right into ID-promulgators' hands ' the whole trick behind getting ID taught in schools is to pretend that there's a 'legitimate debate in the scientific communityâ?� ' in the end, they don't seem to care.
By elegantly and eloquently explaining the airtight science behind Darwinism (not a theory anymore, by the way, but a scientifically proven fact) and deftly swatting away the distortions and dogma that define ID, Brockman and the other contributors to Intelligent Thought may not end the 'debateâ?� with this book, but they've managed to provide an excellent and readable primer on evolution and the power of the scientific method.