Ball State University president Jo Ann Gora announced that the school would no longer teach intelligent design in science classes following a complaint about the curriculum at the public university.Apparently intelligent design was one of many topics in an interdisciplinary course on "The Boundaries of Science". The supplementary reading list had books for and against intelligent design.
In a statement released Wednesday, Gora said "intelligent design and creation science do not qualify as science," and that it would no longer be a part of the university's science classes.
"Intelligent design is overwhelmingly deemed by the scientific community as a religious belief and not a scientific theory,” Gora said. “Therefore, intelligent design is not appropriate content for science courses.” ...
"Incredibly, Gora insists that her university's 'commitment to academic freedom is unflinching,' even while she imposes a gag order on science faculty who think there is evidence of intelligent design in nature," West wrote on the institute's blog. "Memo to President Gora: Academic freedom was designed to protect dissenting and unpopular views among faculty."
I have no idea whether this was a worthwhile course, but I wonder about all the other unscientific topics being taught in physics departments today. In particular, I wonder about anthropic principle, fine-tuning, many worlds, other multiverses, string and M-theory, black hole firewalls, Laplace's demon, quantum cryptography, scalable quantum computing, Bohmian mechanics and other nonlocal theories, hidden variable theory, Boltzman brains, cold fusion, intelligent extraterrestial life, supersymmetry, quantum gravity and other unified field theories, etc.
And of course other departments are loaded with pseudoscientific courses on Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Margaret Mead, Immanuel Kant, Jacques Derrida, Stephen Jay Gould, feminist studies, etc. If I were Gora, I would be more interested in getting rid of some of those classes.