Re: Cornell

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Wed Nov 16 2005 - 18:18:42 EST

Does anyone know anything about a previous Cornell president Frank Rhodes.
In the 50s and 60s before popping across the pond he was a leading light in
RSCF renamed Christians in Science ie the ASA equivalent, along with Donald

Was he ever involved with ASA

He was a geologist and wrote a penguin book The Evolution of Life

One problem is that an intellectual backlash may be directed at all

----- Original Message -----
From: "gordon brown" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 9:17 PM
Subject: Re: Cornell

> The following is an excerpt from an e-mail sent out today by Cornell
> University President Hunter Rawlings.
> Gordon Brown
> Department of Mathematics
> University of Colorado
> Boulder, CO 80309-0395
> This strength and stability of purpose allowed me to use this year's state
> of the university speech to address a matter I believe is of great
> significance to Cornell and to the country as a whole, a matter with
> fundamental educational, intellectual, and political implications. The
> issue in question is the challenge to science posed by religiously-based
> opposition to evolution, described, in its current form, as "intelligent
> design."
> This controversy raises profound questions about the nature of public
> discourse and what we teach in universities, and it has a profound effect
> on public policy. I welcome your comments and observations regarding the
> speech, which can be found at the following website:
> I believe the time has come for universities like Cornell to contribute to
> the nation's cultural and intellectual discourse. We must be willing to
> take on a broader role as defenders of rational thought and framers of
> discourse about culture and society. In this spirit, I have asked our
> three academic task forces, on life in the age of the genome, wisdom in
> the age of digital information, and sustainability, to consider means of
> confronting the following questions: how to separate information from
> knowledge and knowledge from ideology; how to understand and address the
> ethical dilemmas and anxieties that scientific discovery has produced; and
> how to assess the influence of secular humanism on culture and society.
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