style="margin-top:40px;" Mind Over Matter: October 2005

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Intelligent Design Won’t Vanish

HARRISBURG — Supporters on each side of Dover’s federal court case over intelligent design considered the ramifications of the judge’s decision long before arguments began in court.

In the coming weeks, Judge John Jones III will determine if Dover’s board violated the Constitution’s establishment clause by adopting a statement mentioning intelligent design as an alternative to evolutionary theory. Plaintiffs say the statement amounts to teaching religion in public school science class.

The judge has some latitude in his ruling. He could rule, for example, only on the process board members followed in adopting the statement, or he could rule on whether intelligent design is science. Based on previous cases involving the establishment clause, some say what he determines could have a lasting effect on the intelligent-design movement.

Kansas Museum Opens Evolution Exhibit

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Upstairs from the Natural Selections gift shop is what directors of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas believe will be the latest word in an ongoing ruckus over evolution.

The ''Explore Evolution'' exhibit is part of a six-university program to educate the public about evolution and its role in explaining the natural world. The exhibit opens to the public Nov. 1, with the money coming from a $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

'Intelligent Design' Supporters Gather

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Hundreds of supporters of "intelligent design" theory gathered in Prague in the first such conference in eastern Europe, but Czech scholars boycotted the event insisting it had no scientific credence.

About 700 scientists from Africa, Europe and the United States attended Saturday's "Darwin and Design" conference to press their contention that evolution cannot fully explain the origins of life or the emergence of highly complex species.


Witness: Intelligent Design Needs Boost

HARRISBURG — Because the scientific community is a monolith, impenetrable and often hostile to new theories, intelligent design proponents have to turn to the public schools to recruit support, a witness said Monday.