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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

But will there be body-slams?

Those of you who read this blog are aware that I routinely defend evolution from unreasonable and often irresponsible attacks. Of late, this has focussed mostly on the intelligent design "debate," which, for all its sound and fury, is little more than a rehash of a battle that was fought and won by evolution eighty years ago. But, as many of you probably realize, there is no idea so stupid that nobody believes it so we get to argue this whole thing again.

Well, as it turns out, for those who are curious, you can see a clash between pro-I.D. and pro-Evolution advocates today from the comfort of your own home. Boston University has organized a so-called Great Debate between the sides. Supporting the pro-I.D. side we find:

Edward H. Sisson, Esq.
Partner, Arnold and Porter, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Sisson advised witnesses at the Kansas evolution hearings.

Professor Bill Dembski, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture

Nick Barber
Broadcast Journalism major, Boston University College of Communication

And on the pro-Evolution side we find:

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Center for Science Education.

Professor James Trefil, Ph.D.
Robinson Professor, George Mason University;
co-author, Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.

Neil St. Clair
Broadcast Journalism and Political Science major, Boston University College of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences.

So, you know, science has the edge in actual Ph.D.'s while intelligent design has... a lawyer. Yeah, sounds about right to me.

In any case, you can watch the debate via a free webcast accessible here. It runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Check it out, if you have time- it's always fun to watch science kick ass and take names.

Thanks to William "Bill" Dembski for bringing this to my attention via his blog. It's nice to see something useful coming out of it instead of an endless stream of ad hominem and misrepresentation.


Blogger Jordan Raddick said...

Uh oh, this sounds scary. Scientists may know more about appropriate standards of evidence, but lawyers know more about how to persuade an audience.

Maybe we should get some lawyers as consultants for convincing school boards to teach evolution in schools.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

a little late but...

it's too bad lawyers are so long winded (especially when talking about themselves...). tee hee hee : )

Saturday, November 05, 2005 1:43:00 AM  

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