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 ...
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Traipsing into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller v Dover Decision
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.
David K DeWolf, John G West, Casey Luskin, and Jonathan Witt
Seattle (WA): Discovery Institute Press, 2006; 123 pages.
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).
Has Natural Selection Been Refuted? The Arguments of William Dembski
"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.
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Department of Genome Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-5065
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.
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.
I first heard that William Dembski was going to visit the University of Oklahoma quite by accident from one of my technical writing students. I was astonished. People still pay the honoraria of "intelligent design" (ID) advocates even after Kitzmiller v Dover? Apparently, they do, and after two phone calls I found out who was doing the paying: Trinity Baptist Church.
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Daniel Dickson-LaPrade is an adjunct technical writing instructor with the University of Oklahoma. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in English, both from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children.
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Of Pandas and People, the foundational work of the 'Intelligent Design' movement
by Nick Matzke
The creationist textbook Of Pandas and People was published in 1989 (second edition, 1993). This was the first book to frequently use now-common buzzwords such as "intelligent design," "design proponents," and "design theory." As such, Pandas represents the beginning of the modern "intelligent design" movement.