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Michael Behe and "Intelligent Design" on National Public Radio

Title: 
Michael Behe and "Intelligent Design" on National Public Radio
Author(s): 
Steven Schafersman
Issue: 
1–2

Year: 
2002
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
35–37
About the Author(s): 

Steven D Schafersman
Department of Science and Mathematics
The University of Texas
of the Permian Basin
4901 East University Blvd.
Odessa TX 79762
schafersman@utpb.edu
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Anti-evolutionists Form, Fund Think Tank

Title: 
Anti-evolutionists Form, Fund Think Tank
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
1

A press release dated August 10, 1996, announced that two private foundations have granted the Seattle-based Discovery Institute nearly a million dollars to establish the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture. The Center will sponsor conferences, disseminate research and support postdoctoral students.

Year: 
1997
Date: 
January–February
Page(s): 
25–26
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Critique: Exploring "Explore Evolution"

In 2007, a new “intelligent design” book entitled Explore Evolution (“EE”) appeared on the market.

Explore Evolution is explicitly marketed to public school teachers. For example, at a 2008 Biola University symposium for science teachers a pitch was made for adopting Explore Evolution. The quote below comes from the symposium's website:

Expert Witness Materials

Expert witness statements.

Padian's Expert Testimony

Kevin Padian's testimony and slides in the Kitzmiller case

The expert witness testimony given by paleontologist Kevin Padian was a highlight of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial. His testimony and the slides he showed to the court are now available here, via the links at the bottom of his page.

The "Pandas" Drafts

An excerpt from Nicholas Matzke's article Design on Trial: How NCSE Helped Win the Kitzmiller Case. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 26(1-2), 37-44.

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Forrest's Testimony: "Creationism" and "ID"

Here are the now-famous word-count charts used by Barbara Forrest in her testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover. These charts showed that the words "creation" and "creationist" were systematically changed to "intelligent design" and "design proponent" in the drafts for the book Of Pandas and People, in the aftermath of the 1987 Supreme Court case Edwards v. Aguillard .

Click the images for an enlarged view:

Critique: "Icons of Evolution"

Discovery Institute fellow Jonathan Wells is a major purveyor of misleading, inaccurate, and incorrect statements about evolution. His book Icons of Evolution (2000) is notorious for its distortions and false claims about evolution.

Here are resources to help you understand and respond to the misleading claims made by Wells, especially in Icons.

10 Answers to Jonathan Wells's "10 Questions"

Intelligent design creationist Jonathan Wells has written the insidious "Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution." These questions try to encourage students to doubt and distrust evolutionary theory.

Here are 10 brief answers to those questions. Please feel free to copy and distribute this document to teachers, students, parents, and others.

In the sections below, Wells's questions appear in italics.

Proving ID = Creationism

Proving ID = Creationism

NCSE staff worked behind the scenes, using NCSE archives and subpoenaed documents, to find the missing links tying "intelligent design" to its creationist roots.

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