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The Ohio Board of Education is currently considering downplaying evolution
content in their new science standards, removing references to the age of
the earth, and including "Intelligent Design theory" -the idea that life
cannot be scientifically explained -i.e. without recourse to supernatural
events. Legislation has been introduced into Ohio's House & Senate, that
would give instructional time to so-called "scientific alternatives" to
evolution whenever evolution is taught in Ohio's classrooms. Intelligent
Design "theory" is the political heir to the "creation-science" movement
of the 1980's whose "equal time" laws were found unconstitutional by the
US Supreme Court in 1987. Its backers are serious, well-spoken,
well-funded, and well-organized. The Ohio situation is the tip of the
iceberg. Similar situations will be arising in other states in the next
few years. FMI see www.ohioscience.org
When intellectual issues arise in public policy, it is the obligation of
universities to help the public understand the issues and access further
resources. Thus, we are extremely happy to see Case Western taking on that
EVOLUTION & GOD
Why Intelligent Design Theory Isn't Science
Case Western Reserve University's Center for Policy Studies is pleased to
announce a public presentation -FREE and open to the public- 1 pm, March
2, 2002, at the Allen Theater, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH:
STEPHEN JAY GOULD
Sarah Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology,
And member of the National Academy of Sciences
Ambrose Swasey Prof of Physics, Prof. of Astronomy, and Chair of Physics,
Case Western Reserve University
author of "The Physics of Star Trek" & "Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang
to Life on Earth"
"The Nature of Science and the Current Situation in Ohio"
Stephen Jay Gould
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University
author of "Wonderful Life", & "Rocks of Ages"
"The Factuality of Evolution &
The Non-Scientific Nature of Intelligent Design Theory"
Kenneth R. Miller
Professor of Biology, Brown University
Author of "Finding Darwin's God"
"Looking for God in All the Wrong Places:
Do the Details of Life Reveal Design or Evolution?"
This event is co-sponsored by the College Scholars Program, the Hallinan
Project, and CWRU's departments of Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Physics,
Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion.
This event is FREE and open to the public
1 pm, March 2, 2002
Allen Theater, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH:
FMI Patricia Princehouse, Dept of Philosophy firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe White, Dept of Political Science email@example.com
Network Project Director
National Center for Science Education
420 40th St, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609
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