Intelligent Design Creationism

How to respond to attacks on science education

Webinar conducted November 25, 2013.

Description: What can citizens like you do to respond when science education comes under attack? How can you and other concerned citizens organize to fight back? What can you do to prevent attacks on science education in your community? 

Take action on Tennessee's Monkey Bill

When Tennessee's legislature debated a "Monkey Bill" in 2012, NCSE joined with concerned citizens to protect science classes. The bill's text singles out evolution and climate change, as if those topics were scientifically controversial, and it blocks school administrators from maintaining a consistent curriculum. It opens the door for creationist parents or students to disrupt classrooms, or for teachers who deny the basic science of climate change to present pseudoscience.

The Latest “Intelligent Design” Journal

Title: 
The Latest “Intelligent Design” Journal
Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
Issue: 
6

ENTER BIO-COMPLEXITY

A new on-line, open-access, peer-reviewed journal with the ungainly name BIO-Complexity (ISSN 2151- 7444) was announced on April 30, 2010, by its publisher, the Biologic Institute. According to its statement of purpose and scope, BIO-Complexity “aims to be the leading forum for testing the scientific merit of the claim that intelligent design (ID) is a credible explanation for life.” The journal hopes to publish “studies in all areas of science with clear relevance to its aim, including work focusing on the relative

Year: 
2010
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
10–13
About the Author(s): 

Glenn Branch is NCSE's Deputy Director

AUTHOR’S ADDRESS
Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncse.com

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Coppedge v. JPL

In April 2010, David Coppedge sued his employer, Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In March 2011, the suit was amended to include wrongful termination as he was laid off in January of 2011.

Review: The Panda's Black Box

Year: 
2010
Issue: 
5
Title: 
The Panda's Black Box: Opening up the Intelligent Design Controversy

For anyone Comfort: The Panda's Black Box: The Panda's Black Box - coverinterested in a wideranging and detailed treatment of the “intelligent design” (ID) controversy, a thorough reading

Date: 
September-October
Author(s): 
edited by Nathaniel C Comfort
Page(s): 
37–38
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. 165 pages
Reviewer: 
Glenn Sanford
About the Author(s): 

Glenn Sanford is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University.

AUTHOR’S ADDRESS
Glenn Sanford
Department of Psychology and Philosophy
Sam Houston State University
Campus Box 2447
Huntsville TX 77341–2447
sanford@shsu.edu

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Review: The Cell's Design

Year: 
2009
Title: 
The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry
Issue: 
4

After reading Fazale Rana's The Cell's Design, the sequel to Origins of Life (Rana and Ross 2004; reviewed in RNCSE 2007 May–Aug; 27 [3–4]: 45–8), I was reminded of John Conlee's 1979 lyrics, "These rose colored glasses, that I'm looking through / Show only the beauty, 'cause they hide all the truth." This country music classic sums up Rana's book, which starts with the foregone conclusion that the cell is designed, by explaining the principles (with reference to Dembski and Behe) of "intelligent design" (in chapter 1).

Date: 
July–August
Author(s): 
Fazale Rana
Page(s): 
36–37
Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Books, 2008. 332 pages.
Reviewer: 
Frank Steiner

References

Lodish H, Berk A, Zipursky SL, Matsudaira P, Baltimore D, Darnell J. 2000. Molecular Cell Biology. 4th ed. San Francisco: WH Freeman.

Miller KR. 2008. Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul. New York: Viking.

Miller KR. 1999. Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution. San Francisco: Cliff Street.

Rana F, Ross H. 2004. Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolution Models Face Off. Colorado Springs (CO): NavPress.

Story CM. 2008. Same song, second verse. Christianity Today. Available on-line at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/octoberweb-only/143-42.0.html. Last accessed March 27, 2009.

Stryer L. 1988. Biochemistry. 3rd ed. San Francisco: WH Freeman.

About the Author(s): 

Frank Steiner
Biology Department
Hillsdale College
Hillsdale MI 49242
fxs@hillsdale.edu

Frank Steiner is Professor and Chair of Biology at Hillsdale College.

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Unintelligent Design

Title: 
Unintelligent Design: Interview with Mark Perakh
Author(s): 
Interviewed by Glenn Branch
Issue: 
4

Mark Perakh was born in 1924 in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1941 he volunteered to fight the German invasion of the USSR. Later he studied at the Odessa Institute of Technology, earning a Diploma in Engineering Physics, and later an equivalent of a PhD degree from the Odessa Polytechnic Institute. In the 1950s he was arrested by the KGB on the charge of engaging in "anti-Soviet propaganda" and spent several years in a Siberian prison camp. Subsequently, he conducted research and taught physics in several universities in the USSR.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
15–17
About the Author(s): 

Glenn Branch is deputy director of NCSE.

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