Gonzalez Co-Author Says “Tenure Denial Springs From Ignorance of Design Theory and Scientific Hubris”

The Des Moines Register has today published a letter by CSC Senior Fellow, Dr. Jay Richards, defending his and Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez’s work in their book The Privileged Planet. Below you will find the complete text of Dr. Richard’s letter.There were additional letters published today in support of Gonzalez following the president of Iowa State University’s decision last week to uphold his denial of tenure. Two challenge Dr. John Hauptman’s op-ed from last week. Amazingly, Hauptman admitted his complete disregard for academic freedom and said that he denied tenure to Gonzalez, who he said was “very creative, intelligent and knowledgeable, highly productive scientifically and an excellent teacher,” because Gonzalez was a proponent of intelligent design. One letter pointed out: Coincidentally, Read More ›

Michael Behe Featured on Michael Medved

Michael Behe was featured on the Michael Medved Show this week to talk about his new book, Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, and the audio is now available here. Bringing up the way evolution has been popping up in the presidential debates, Michael Medved had the fortunate insight to note that this isn’t an issue about evolution per se. Behe was able to respond by clarifying the debate with the right question to ask: is life the result of purpose or an accident?

Materialist Neuroscience and an Iron Spike through the Brain

P.Z. Myers over at Pharyngula has responded to my recent post in which I criticized strict materialist explanations for the human mind. I have argued that the mind is not completely caused by the brain. By that, I mean that there are properties of the mind, such as ideas, that are not caused by brain matter alone. Brain matter cannot be the complete cause for ideas because matter and ideas share no properties. Cause and effect can’t be ‘linked’ between substances that have no properties in common. I pointed out that the materialist view that matter alone causes ideas is substantially the same as the view that ideas alone move matter, which is the pseudoscience of ‘telekinesis’. I believe that Read More ›

Montana Law Review Features Exchange over Kitzmiller Intelligent Design Decision

The current issue of the Montana Law Review features a lively exchange of views about the Kitzmiller v. Dover intelligent design decision, and the articles are now available online at the law review’s website. The lead article on the Dover decision (“Intelligent Design Will Survive Kitzmiller v. Dover“) is co-authored by David DeWolf, me, and Casey Luskin. A second article by Peter Irons (“Disaster in Dover”) responds to our article, followed by a short rebuttal by DeWolf, me, and Luskin. There is also an editors’ introduction with a timeline of the Dover case (currently not available online).

Does The Panda’s Black Box “mov[e] beyond mere name-calling and finger-pointing” or continue the Darwinian trend?

Does Panda’s Black Box really contribute something new or is it just more Darwinist “name-calling and fingerpointing”? A book has come out about intelligent design, published by Johns Hopkins University Press and titled The Panda’s Black Box, that promises on its dust-jacket that it “moves beyond mere name-calling and fingerpointing.” Does it live up to its promise? Let’s look at some of the statements in the book to find out. We’ll start with my favorite quote, by bioethicist Jane Maienschein: “There is no doubt, there is no evidence against evolution, and there is no controversy about the science of evolution.” Just keep repeating that to yourself over and over again until you believe it. Other examples include Scott F. Gilbert’s Read More ›