Tonight I watched NOVA’s Judgement Day: Intelligent Design On Trial. Ah shucks, us quantum physicists never get to have so much fun (err, I mean, experience so much pain and deal with so much silliness) trying to defend our science. It’s not like, you know, there aren’t people who think quantum theory is wrong or that quantum theory is somehow related to the Vedic teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. So why is it that quantum theory (which after all is “just a theory” wink, wink, nod, nod) doesn’t illicit courtroom battles of such epic scope as the Dover trial?
I mean, let’s talk about quantum theory. Does quantum theory fundamentally shape the way we think the world works? I certainly think it does! Quantum theory (more rightfully the quantum field theory of the standard model) is, along with general relativity, the basis of our most fundamental understanding of how the universe works. Thus I would think that, yeah, it might be of some importance in shaping our view of the world. But do the masses clamor to attack quantum theory, charging that alternatives to quantum theory be taught in high school science classes and that alternative views of quantum physics be given equal time? No! No! They focus all of their energy on the biologists and their theory of evolution. Bah.
I mean, really biologists, I’d love to help out. Why don’t you send some of your intelligent design friends over here to physics land and we will gladly do our share of defending science.