Thursday, December 22, 2005

eSkeptic on Jones

As a follow-up to yesterday's story about the denial of teaching ID theory in Pennsylvania, eSkeptic has published an in-depth report from the courtroom, as well as the milieu of the trial. From the description of the trial, also referred to as the Kitzmiller et al vs. Dover Area School District (see also this google search):

"Kitzmiller provides an excellent case study of evolution in action; ironically, in this case how the language of creationists has adapted to changing cultural environments. The defense argued that Intelligent Design is an entirely new species unrelated to creation science, and the plaintiffs expertly demonstrated both the clear ancestral relationship between creationism and ID and the selective pressure of higher court decisions that caused the speciation. With that phylogenetic relationship clearly established in the trial, the judge evidently decided that creationism had not mutated enough to survive as the new species of Intelligent Design."


Blogger Todd I. Stark said...

I agree that the cultural evolutionary perspective is a useful one.

In addition to the question of whether creationism has a new variant, even more relevant to the argument of the Discovery Institute is whether science has evolved a new species compatible with the sort of planning in nature required by their argument.

They are of course trying to distance themselves from older forms of creationism, but their argument depends more critically on whether science is legitimately accepting their putative research program.

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