Judge Jones sided with the Discovery Institute and ruled against the Dover school board policy.

From: Janice Matchett <janmatch@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed Dec 28 2005 - 11:57:05 EST

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Dover Ruling December 2005

"....Judge Jones sided with
Discovery Institute and ruled against the Dover school board
policy. No promotion of biological design in public school science

A better approach, in my opinion, is to allow biological design to
flourish as a metascience as
Robin Collins suggests here. As a metascience, biological design will
receive the time and support it needs to mature and flourish.

Scientists make wonderful pragmatists and lousy
philosophers. Philosophical arguments about science will not
convince them to switch away from their current research
paradigms. In order to gain traction and acceptance, design based
research programs need to produce more discoveries, more break
throughs and more cures. Research grants will follow, and so will
more scientists.

One interesting area to keep a close eye on is the oxymoronic
research area known as directed evolution. It may prove to be an
interesting testing ground of paradigms (design -vs- chance). I hope
to post more on this interesting subject as I learn more about it.

A second area where I think design based programs may yield superior
results is in forensic biology. Just a hunch.

Once biological design gains traction in the scientific community,
and I have every reason to expect it will, then you will see a more
interesting trial than the one we witnessed in Dover.

Update: Some legal and philosophical analysis of the case from an
expert over at
A Glass Darkly.

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