For the Rock Record
Geologists on Intelligent Design
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of California Press
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It seems so long ago. In the fall of 1982, we were both new graduate students in the same geology department, and all the talk was about a federal court case which just a year before had pitted young-Earth creationists against scientists (including one from our department), teachers, and clergy from many denominations. In his decision in that case, McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education, U.S. District Court ...
part o n e · ROCKS AND BONES
one · Charles Darwin Was a Geologist
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The Earth’s fossil record registers the changes in life on this planet over time; similarly, the Earth’s rock record preserves complex structures that record the changes in rocks and minerals over time. Consequently, all the aspects of living things that trouble intelligent design (ID) creationists—their complexity and what seem to be the abundant traces of long and contingent evolutionary change—also ...
two · Creationist Perspectiveson Geology
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Probably no scientifi c discipline has been more contentious among creationists than geology. At the time Darwin published his Origin of Species, the concept of an old Earth with a complex history had been widely accepted among Christians. The threat that this alternate theory of origins posed to theism did not spill over quickly into geology, and even many antievolution preachers supported a harmony ...
three · Missing Links Found
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The books of the intelligent design (ID) creationists are fi lled with examples and critiques of evolution from a biological or philosophical perspective, but they pointedly avoid discussing the fossil record or its implications. The longest and most widely read ID book (Behe 1996, p. 27) mentions paleontology only in a few paragraphs (focusing mostly on a common misinterpretation of the Cambrian ...
four · Pigeonholing the “Dino-birds”
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One of the central claims of the intelligent design movement is that certain fea-tures of biological organisms are “irreducibly complex,” with such tightly inte-grated components that removal of any one part renders the system incapable of functioning (Behe 1996). The existence of irreducibly complex structures has been repeatedly put forth as evidence against evolution via natural selection, on ...
part t w o · EDUCATION, POLITICS,AND PHILOSOPHY
77five · Pangloss, Paley, and thePrivileged Planet
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When our ’85 Vanagon broke down not far from our house during the summer of 2006, I didn’t expect it to lead to a discussion about intelligent design (ID). Believ-ing the problem to be the fuel pump and hoping for a quick fi x, I called for a tow to the only nearby VW shop open on Saturdays. Not fi ve minutes after picking me up, the tow-truck driver brought up the topic of intelligent design. He had ...
six · It’s Not about the Evidence
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Scientifi c and religious accounts of human origins are founded on very different philosophical approaches to knowledge. In particular, the apparent confl icts be -tween science and religion with respect to human evolution owe their origin to the different roles that metaphysics plays in the two approaches to knowledge and to understanding what it means to be human. At their most divergent, these perspec-...
seven · The Misguided Attack onMethodological Naturalism
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Recent efforts by antievolutionary advocates have focused not so much on science content but on changing the defi nition of science itself. These efforts are expres-sions of widely held misunderstandings of the nature and limitations of science. Science is a methodology that provides a limited, but very fruitful, way of knowing about the natural world. This method works only if science confi nes itself to the ...
eight · On the Origin of Species andthe Limits of Science
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Currently the United States is home to a small but mobilized grassroots effort to have the model of intelligent design (ID) integrated into public school science curricula. What might seem strange is that many of the leading advocates for ID are well aware that by most current defi nitions, ID does not qualify as science (CSC Top Questions). Many ID advocates admit that their methods and conclu-...
p a r t t h r e e · ON RELIGION
nine · Teaching Evolution duringthe Week and Bible Studyon Sunday
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I am a geologist who has spent her thirty-year career studying the evolution of fossil molluscs (clams and snails) preserved in sediments up to 80 million years old from the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic coasts. My knowledge of the fossil record in general, and my own paleontological research in particular, has convinced me that life has evolved through time. For instance, I discovered gradual increases in shell ...
ten · The “God Spectrum” and theUneven Search for a ConsistentView of the Natural World
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There was a time not so long ago when scientists did not take creationism seri-ously. As copiously demonstrated, however, in the fl ood of recent scientifi c cri-tiques of intelligent design (ID), including in the other chapters of this volume, this is no longer the case. These responses have exhaustively demonstrated that creationism, including ID, isn’t science; it’s religion. And for most scientists, the ...
S E L E C T E D R E S O U R C E SRELEVANT TOI N T E L L I G E N T D E S I G N
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Comfort, N. 2007. The Panda’s Black Box: Opening Up the Intelligent Design Contro-versy. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. A collection of essays that address the source of the intelligent design controversy and investigate the various factors that continue to form it. Contributors include law professor and historian Edward Larson and historian of science Daniel Kevles. The book engages ...
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...warren d. allmon is the director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, NY, and the Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He earned his A.B. in Earth sciences from Dartmouth College in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Earth and atmospheric sciences from Harvard University in 1988. Since 1992, he has been instru-...
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Publication Year: 2009