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Darwin, Dover and intelligent design
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
April 6, 2009
Baker Center Ballroom
Dr. Kevin Padian, NCSE Board President, will present his experiences with the Kitzmiller vs. Dover court case.
With his expertise in phylogenetic relationships, homology, and the nature of science, Dr. Padian was called to testify in the Dover, Pennsylvania court case that put "intelligent design" on trial in 2005. This US Federal Court case was brought against a public school district requiring that "intelligent design" be provided as an alternative to evolution as to explain the origin of life. The plaintiffs successfully argued that intelligent design is a form of creationism, and thus, the school board policy violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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