Talk:Intelligent design

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Arbitration Committee Decisions on Pseudoscience

The Arbitration Committee has issued several principles which may be helpful to editors of this and other articles when dealing with subjects and categories related to "pseudoscience".

Principles
Four groups



Proposal to Change Introductory Lines of Article[edit]

Johnson interview 2006[edit]