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ID the Future Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Science Podcast

Where does Darwin’s argument from the Origin of Species fit into the classroom? 

Paul Nelson
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On this episode of ID The Future CSC senior fellow and philosopher of biology Paul Nelson argues that regardless of court orders banning discussion of intelligent design, given the history and structure of evolutionary theory, philosophical issues related to design in nature will come up in the classroom. In science classrooms today the allowed scientific playing field is multidimensional. There is the empirical axis, or observational information, and the analytical axis, truth of mathematics and logic. Where then does Darwin’s argument from the Origin of Species fit into the classroom?

Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Paul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.