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THE discussion in the Netherlands at the moment concerns the initiative of the Minister of Education and Science to discuss the “theory” of Intelligent Design and how it relates to the theory of evolution. Our Catholic Minister wants to discuss this chimera of the right wing American Christians with scientists and representatives of religious movements. It reminds me of the wise words spoken by paleontologist Louis Agassiz:

“Every scientific truth goes through three stages. First, people say it conflicts with the bible. Next, they say it had been discovered before. Lastly, they say they always believed it.”

Apparently we’re back to stage one…