Miller Misrepresented was Re: Panda's from 1995

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Fri Nov 11 2005 - 12:40:39 EST

On 11/11/05, Pim van Meurs <> wrote:
> Cornelius Hunter wrote:
> > The phrase wasn't removed because the phrase is part of evolutionary
> > theory. Indeed, in Miller's own writings, more recent than the
> > textbook (ie, *Finding Darwin's God*) he hammers this point home
> > repeatedly. Now, on the hotseat he plays dumb.
> The issue of "purpose" and "direction" is not really part of
> evolutionary theory, although a naive reading may give that impression.
> In Emily Litella's <> voice:

I should have never trusted the mainstream media or the ID blogosphere to
tell the whole story. Here's Miller's testimony in full:

Q. My question is why is it in this edition?

3 A. I'm trying to set the context so I can give

4 a full and complete answer to your question. So

5 the interesting thing is that this is the only

6 edition of any of the books that we have

7 published, and probably eleven different

8 editions, that contains that statement, and

9 the reason for that quite simply is that I work

10 with a co-author whose name is Joseph Levine,

11 and Joe and I work together on many of the

12 chapters in the book, but many of them we write

13 separately and individually, and this was a

14 statement that Joe inserted when we did a

15 rewrite of many sections of this book for the

16 third edition.

17 I have to say that I missed the statement

18 as I was going through Joe's chapters, and I

19 feel very badly about that. When this was first

20 pointed out to me, the third edition of this

21 book was in print, I immediately went to Joe, I

22 said Joe, I think this is a bad idea, I said I

23 think this is a non-scientific statement, I

24 think it will mislead students. Joe agreed.

25 We immediately took it out of the book, and


1 that's why I emphasized that it did not appear

2 in subsequent editions. So what you're looking

3 at, sir, is a mistake.

12 4 Q. Isn't it true that he put that in there

5 because he was influenced by the writings of

6 Steven J. Gould?

7 A. We had a conversation about that, and among

8 the reasons that Joe cited was that he had read

9 one of Steve Gould's books called "Wonderful

10 Life" in which Gould emphasized what Gould

11 regarded as the indeterminate character of

12 evolution, and from that I think Joe made what

13 I still think is a misinterpretation of Gould's

14 central idea in "Wonderful Life," which is to

15 say the indeterminate or the unpredictable

16 nature of evolution Joe misinterpreted to say

17 random and undirected, and I think Joe agreed

18 that he had made a mistake, and that's one of

19 the reasons why we changed it in the next

20 edition, sir.
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