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The Wedge Document

(Note - This is the text of the Discovery Institute's "Wedge Document," prepared in 1998. It lays out "the Wedge strategy" by which the newly-formed Center for Renewal of Science and Culture would promote "intelligent design" creationism.)

THE WEDGE

CENTER FOR THE RENEWAL OF SCIENCE & CULTURE

INTRODUCTION

Forum on "Intelligent Design" held at the American Museum of Natural History (April 23, 2002)

Forum on "Intelligent Design" held at the American Museum of Natural History (April 23, 2002)

This is a transcript of a forum held at the American Museum of Natural History on the idea of "Intelligent Design". The featured speakers were Dr. William Dembski and Dr. Michael Behe as proponents of the idea of "Intelligent Design" and Dr. Robert Pennock and Dr. Kenneth Miller as critics of the idea. The program was moderated by Dr. Eugenie Scott. Throughout the transcript each speaker is identified by their initials.

Toe to Toe with Young-Earth Creationists

by Bill Thwaites

Dedicated to Frank Awbrey

Becoming Aware of Creationism

The first I ever heard of creationism was in a mailing I received from the Creation Science Quarterly in the late 1960's. It was a call for papers supporting the biblical account of creation. I saved the announcement in a file folder called “Funny Mail,” but have since lost it. I wondered what kind of journal would limit its contributions to those supporting only one conclusion?

Ohio Scientists' Intelligent Design Poll

A poll of scientists' opinions on "intelligent design", commissioned by the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University, was presented in October, 2002. Here are the results:


Internet Public Opinion Laboratory
Department of Political Science University of Cincinnati

By: George Bishop, PhD Professor of Political Science Director Internet Public Opinion Laboratory Department of Political Science University of Cincinnati (513) 556-5078


The Evolutionary Wars in Ohio

by Trisha Gura

Reprinted from the HHMI Bulletin, September 2002, pages 24-27. ©2002 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Evolving Banners at the Discovery Institute

The original banner of the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture — the institutional home of "intelligent design" creationism — featured the familiar picture from the Sistine Chapel of God touching Adam:

"Intelligent Design" Not Accepted by Most Scientists

Reprinted with permission from School Board News, Aug. 13, 2002. Copyright 2002. National School Boards Association. All rights reserved.

by Eugenie C. Scott and Glenn Branch

This spring, a subcommittee of the Ohio Board of Education charged with supervising the preparation of the state's science education standards was petitioned by a citizens' group to include "intelligent design" (ID) along with evolution. As ID becomes better known, other state and local school boards might face similar requests.

Analysis of the Discovery Institute's Bibliography

2002 Ohio Board of Education Science Standards

by NCSE Staff

Executive Summary

Doubting Darwinism through Creative License

by Skip Evans

In October and November 2001, the Discovery Institute (DI), a Seattle-based public policy institute, placed advertisements in at least three periodicals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard. The advertisement in The New York Review of Books appeared under the headline "A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism" followed by this text:

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