2007-12-31

Video: Ken Miller on Intelligent Design

Wow! Check in out.

His content is generally fascinating, but he centers around the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

Ken Miller was an expert witness at the trial, in which a Bush-appointed judge concluded:

Teaching intelligent design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (and Article I, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution) because intelligent design is not science and "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

His discussion and analysis are brilliant, in one case mentioning the famous textbook disclaimer stickers:

This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

His reply was brilliant and simple: the stickers don't go far enough. The alternative:

This textbook has material on science. Science is built around theories, which are strongly supported by factual evidence. Everything in science should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

He also references a comic that I have blogged about before:

Let the kids decide 

Very funny. Very important.

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