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NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott appeared on the "Fair and Balanced" segment of Fox News on November 27, 2004, to discuss "intelligent design" opposite John West of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. The segment began with a reference to the decision of the Dover (Pennsylvania) school board to require the teaching of "intelligent design," a subject that West evidently preferred not to discuss.
The eminent Protestant theologian Langdon Gilkey died on November 19, 2004, at the age of 85, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Born in Chicago in 1919, where his father was a liberal Baptist minister, Gilkey studied at Harvard University before traveling to China to teach English. He was captured and interned by the Japanese until the end of World War II, which he described in his memoir Shantung Compound (1966). After his release, he moved to New York and studied theology with Reinhold Niebuhr, graduating with a doctorate in religion from Columbia University.
Three recent news articles describe the ongoing controversy about the publication of "intelligent design" advocate Stephen C. Meyer's article "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. And Chris Mooney provides a pertinent comparison.
A new development in the controversy about the publication of "intelligent design" advocate Stephen C. Meyer's article "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
The Biological Society of Washington issued a statement on September 7, 2004, reading, in its entirety:
A paper by Stephen C. Meyer, Project Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for (the Renewal of) Science and Culture, recently appeared in the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington (2004; 117 : 213-239). PBSW is a small legitimate scientific journal, specializing mainly in taxonomical articles. But Meyer's "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" is a review article (as
Project Steve -- NCSE's exercise in poking fun at the lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" promulgated by antievolutionist groups -- is not a mere publicity stunt any longer. With the publication of "The Morphology of Steve" in the prestigious journal Annals of Improbable Research, it is now a genuine contribution to scientific knowledge. Revealed for the first time in this paper is the existence of such phenomena as:
Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, died on July 28, 2004, in San Diego, at the age of 88.
NCSE is pleased to announce a further addition to Voices for Evolution: a statement from the Association of Southeastern Biologists, reading in part: "[S]ince neither creationism nor intelligent design is a scientific endeavor, we oppose any attempts to insert them into the science curricula of any public schools. While religion has played and continues to play a significant role in many people's lives, and in schools' curricula, we object to any attempts to insert religious dogma, such as creationism or intelligent design, into science classes.
"This book is a readable and devastating scientific analysis of intelligent design creationism. ... unlike ID's proponents, these authors have done the real science that deflates the claims of intelligent design. Their work deserves the respect of everyone with a say in what is taught in public school science classes."