Re: The evolution/ID debate. This post on Uncommon Descent indicates how thin are the walls between politics and the science of origins, and consequently how easily politics, and nasty politics at that, spills over into the debate. For many ID theorists evolution is inextricably bound up with racism, fascism, marxism, amoralism and for good measure, the holocaust (In short some of the worst sins of mankind!). I have mixed feelings about this: this political dimension frays tempers and doesn't promote the attitudes needed to ferret out and face emotionally loaded truths with a detached coolness. And yet it can add an edginess to the debate that makes the whole thing as exciting as bomb disposal with all the tensions between composure and agitation.