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Review of Michael Behe's Darwin's Black Box

Year: 
1996
Quarter: 
1996
Page(s): 
36–40
Reviewer: 
Kenneth R. Miller
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Title: 
Darwin's Black Box
Perhaps the single most stunning thing about Darwin's Black Box, Michael Behe's "Biochemical Challenge to Evolution," is the amount of territory that its author concedes to Darwinism.
Author(s): 
Michael J Behe
About the Author(s): 
Kenneth R. Miller
Professor of Biology
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

Review: Intelligent Design vs Evolution

Year: 
2006
Title: 
Intelligent Design vs Evolution
Issue: 
6
Author(s): 
Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron
Date: 
November–December
The latest entry in the "Intelligent Design" is Creationism file, the board game Intelligent Design vs Evolution, is a Ken Ham-endorsed, William Dembski-approved cornucopia of bad science and fundamentalist propaganda (see http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/id-the-board-game/). The game is the creation of Ray Comfort and television's Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains), who beam beatifically out from five of the box's six sides.
Living Waters Publications, 2006.
http://www.wayofthemaster.com
includes The Science of Evolution DVD
Page(s): 
28–30

Reference



Wolf J, Mellett SJ. 1985. The role of "Nebraska Man" in the creation–evolution debate. Creation/Evolution 16: 31–43.

Reviewer: 
Carrie Sager
About the Author(s): 
Carrie Sager
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
sager@ncseweb.org

Carrie Sager is NCSE's Project Assistant. As the youngest person on NCSE staff, it was decided that she would find a board game most relevant, although she suggested that Grand Theft Auto: Dover would be more fitting for her generation.
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Review: Darwin's Nemesis

Year: 
2006
Title: 
Darwin's Nemesis
Issue: 
6
Author(s): 
William A Dembski, editor
Date: 
November–December
In April 2004, the leading lights of the "intelligent design" creationism (IDC) movement met at Biola University (formerly the Bible Institute of Los Angeles) to confer on their "godfather", law professor Phillip Johnson, the Phillip E Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth. Thus began a two-day conference entitled "Intelligent Design and the Future of Science." The talks presented there formed the basis for the present volume.

Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2006. 357 pages
Page(s): 
30–33
Reviewer: 
Lawrence S Lerner
About the Author(s): 
Lawrence S Lerner
College of Natural Science & Mathematics
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach CA 90840
lslerner@csulb.edu

Lawrence S Lerner is Professor Emeritus in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach, and a nationally recognized expert on state science standards. He received NCSE's Friend of Darwin award in 2003.
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New Creationist Textbook On the Way (Again)

Title: 
New Creationist Textbook On the Way (Again)
Author(s): 
Nick Matzke
Issue: 
6
A document recently received by NCSE outlines the Discovery Institute's upcoming plans for its so-called teach the controversy strategy. In 2007, the Discovery Institute plans to release a "supplemental textbook" entitled Explore Evolution. According to the document, the textbook and auxiliary materials will teach the students the Discovery Institute's talking points against evolution.
Year: 
2006
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
28–30
About the Author(s): 
Nick Matzke
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
matzke@ncseweb.org

Nick Matzke is NCSE's Public Information Project Director. He was the key NCSE staff member on the scene in Kitzmiller v Dover for the duration of the proceedings and the main liaison between NCSE and the legal team.
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"Critical Analysis" in Ohio

Title: 
"Critical Analysis" in Ohio: The Return of the Zombie
Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
NCSE Deputy Director
Issue: 
4
Like a zombie in a horror film, the "Critical Analysis of Evolution" effort returned to haunt the Buckeye State, despite a series of stakes through its heart. In 2002, Ohio adopted a set of science standards including a requirement that students be able to "describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory" (see RNCSE 2002 Sep/Oct; 22 [5]: 4–6). When the indicator was introduced, it was widely feared that it would provide a pretext for the introduction of creationist misrepresentations of evolution.
Year: 
2006
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
9–11
About the Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncseweb.org
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"Critical Analysis" Defeated in Ohio

Title: 
"Critical Analysis" Defeated in Ohio
Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
Issue: 
3
The Ohio Board of Education voted 11–4 at its February 14, 2006, meeting to remove both the "Critical Analysis of Evolution" model lesson plan and the corresponding indicator — which called for students to be able to "describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory" — in the state standards. Board member Martha Wise, who spearheaded the drive to eliminate the anti-evolution material, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer (2006 Feb 15), "I’m ecstatic ...
Year: 
2006
Date: 
May–June
Page(s): 
7–11
About the Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncseweb.org
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Design on Trial

Title: 
Design on Trial: How NCSE Helped Win the Kitzmiller Case
Author(s): 

Nick Matzke, NCSE Public Information Director

Issue: 
1–2

Just another flare-up

Year: 
2006
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
37–44
About the Author(s): 

Nick Matzke
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
matzke@ncseweb.org

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Review: Traipsing into Evolution

Year: 
2006
Title: 
Traipsing into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller v Dover Decision
Issue: 
1–2
When Judge Jones ruled that the Dover (Pennsylvania) Area School Board had violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by mandating a brief statement in biology class about “intelligent design” (ID), he characterized Dover’s action as “breathtaking inanity” (Kitzmiller v Dover, p 138 of the memorandum opinion). Traipsing purports to rebut Jones’s opinion, but virtually every page contains serious factual, legal, or analytical errors; out-of-context quotes; or inconsistent, irrelevant, or trivial arguments — so the rebuttal is very weak.
Author(s): 
David K DeWolf, John G West, Casey Luskin, and Jonathan Witt
Date: 
January–April
Seattle (WA): Discovery Institute Press, 2006; 123 pages.
Page(s): 
61–63

References



Behe MJ. 1996. Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. New York: The Free Press.
Behe MJ. 2005a. Trial transcript (Kitzmiller v Dover). http://www2.ncseweb.org/kvd/trans/2005_1018_day11_am.pdf. Last accessed on May 9, 2006.
Behe MJ. 2005b. Trial transcript (Kitzmiller v Dover). http://www2.ncseweb.org/kvd/trans/2005_1018_day11_pm.pdf. Last accessed on May 9, 2006.
Behe MJ. 2005c. Trial transcript (Kitzmiller v. Dover). http://www2.ncseweb.org/kvd/trans/2005_1019_day12_pm.pdf. Last accessed on May 9, 2006.
Forrest B. 2005. Trial transcript (Kitzmiller v Dover). http://www2.ncseweb.org/kvd/trans/2005_1005_day6_am.pdf. Last accessed on May 9, 2006.
Johnson PE. 1997. Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds. Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press.
Moore BN, Parker R. 2001. Critical Thinking. 6th ed. Mountain View (CA): Mayfield Publishing Company.

Legal Cases Cited
Agostini v Felton. 521 US 203 (1997).
Daubert v Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 509 US 579 (1993).
Kitzmiller v Dover Area School Board. 400 F Supp 2nd 707 (MD Pa 2005). Memorandum opinion available on-line at http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller_342.pdf. Last accessed on May 9, 2006.
McLean v Arkansas Board of Education. 529 F Supp 1255 (1982).

Reviewer: 
Tim Beazley
About the Author(s): 
Tim Beazley
5745 Friars Road, Unit 94
San Diego CA 92110
tbeazley@hotmail.com
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Has Natural Selection Been Refuted? The Arguments of William Dembski

Title: 
Has Natural Selection Been Refuted? The Arguments of William Dembski
Author(s): 
Joe Felsenstein
Issue: 
3–4
"Intelligent design" (ID) is the assertion that there is evidence that major features of life have been brought about, not by natural selection, but by the action of a designer. This involves negative arguments that natural selection could not possibly bring about those features. And the proponents of ID also claim positive arguments.

Year: 
2007
Date: 
May–August
Page(s): 
20–26
About the Author(s): 

Joe Felsenstein
Department of Genome Sciences
University of Washington
Box 355065
Seattle WA 98195-5065
joe@gs.washington.edu

Joe Felsenstein is in the Department of Genome Sciences and the Department of Biology at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has worked in theoretical population genetics and on the inference of phylogenies. He is the author of Inferring Phylogenies (Sunderland [MA]: Sinauer, 2004) and of PHYLIP, the first widely distributed program package for reconstructing phylogenies.
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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.

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