It’s a tendancy among us as Americans to think that we’re the center of the world. Evolutionists take this tendency to the extreme when they’ve claimed frantically and repeatedly that the intelligent design evolution furor is just an outcrop of the American Christian Right Wing Republican Agenda. However that idea might need reconsideration from the thoughtful among us :-). (If reconsidering ideas is allowed in academic circles, sometimes I wonder . . . ) Evolution News reports that last year there were a couple lively lectures on intelligent design in Japan, with researchers coming from as far away as Mongolia to participate. (A cartoon that appeared in a Tokyo daily newspaper paints the this ID-Darwinism debate in all it’s military glory here.) The ID-Darwinism debate is not only active in Japan though. The Municipality of Istanbul in Turkey sponsored a conference on intelligent design just a couple weeks ago (see here and here).