What Can YOU Do to Support Intelligent Design?
Recently a family e-mailed me wondering what they could do to support intelligent design. They said up front that they don't have any money to donate -- and I told them that was no problem. Here were my suggestions:
There are lots of ways you can support Discovery Institute and ID in ways that don't involve money. One of them -- liking Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture on Facebook of course -- you already did. You could also become a follower of our Twitter account, follow our podcast on Twitter, or listen to ID the Future online. Reading Evolution News & Views will help keep you up-to-date on the debate. You can also subscribe to our Nota Bene newsletter, which is free.
Those are all ways for you to stay informed. But there are also ways that you can reach out to others. These include:
- Start your own ID blog, or participate in other ID blogs like Uncommon Descent. It's always good to have pro-ID voices on the Internet, although I'll warn you that lots of Internet ID-critics just want to shout you down and call you nasty names, so it's not uncommonly the case that you'd be wasting your time by engaging them.
- Become a voice for academic freedom in your local community. One easy thing you can do is sign the Academic Freedom Petition. You can write letters to the editor to local newspapers, calling on them to stand up for good science education and provide corrections to misinformation or biased reporting on this issue.
- Another constant need is to ensure that your local public libraries, secondary school libraries, and university libraries have up-to-date copies of intelligent design books. Even if you don't have the money to donate the books, recommend books to the library and ask if they would consider adding them to their collections.
- You might consider starting a local organization to increase awareness about intelligent design. A great way to do this is to start an Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Club. These extracurricular clubs are affiliated with the IDEA Center (which is a distinct organization from Discovery Institute), but they can organize events on local college campuses or in communities to show videos or bring speakers to educate the public about the issue. IDEA Clubs are a great way to raise awareness and understanding of the scientific case for intelligent design in your local community -- you could start one yourself, or help a student do so. See www.ideacenter.org for details.
- Besides IDEA Clubs, if you know university students who are interested in ID, you can encourage them to get involved with Discovery Institute's Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. And if you know pre-college students who are college-shopping, encourage them to consider how the school they're going to attend deals with topics like the origins of life and of human beings. (Note: I went to a science-focused public university that was largely anti-ID and had a great experience, so I'm not saying students must go to a pro-ID college. But they might want to consider this issue, one way or another, when they apply.)
Finally, another way you can make a difference is to advocate for positive changes in education in your local school or community. If you have kids, find out how their schools cover evolution. For public schools, we recommend that they teach the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution without getting into alternative theories like intelligent design. A lot of this is explained in our Briefing Packet for Educators -- but if you want to get involved more directly, contact us here at Discovery Institute and we can help you. For private schools, we have another list of recommended resources, which I recently discussed here.
Of course there are many other things you can do. Feel free to do your own brainstorming and/or look for opportunities within your personal sphere of influence to educate people about intelligent design. Heck, you could go through our recommended booklist and give appropriate ID books to friends for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, or other holidays.