On this episode of ID The Future we have an interview with ID proponent, Sam Chen, one of the developers and moderators of the new website overwhelmingevidence.com. According to the OE website: “Overwhelming Evidence is a site where high school students can network and communicate their views on intelligent design and evolution. … This site is meant to encourage students to explore the facts, report the facts, and debate the facts.”
This episode of IDTF focuses on yet another case of academic freedom being withheld from a scholar because of his views on intelligent design. Baylor University recently denied tenure to noted scholar, and CSC Fellow, Francis Beckwith. Beckwith is an impeccable scholar with a distinguished publication record, and his colleagues are becoming incensed at his treatment.
In this episode of ID The Future, we look at what critical analysis of evolution really is and why it’s needed in science classes today. In his book, Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin wrote about the necessity for critical analysis in all academic endeavors stating that, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”
Biologist and CSC senior fellow Jonathan Wells agrees.
Should public schools censor scientific evidence just because it challenges Darwin’s theory of evolution? Or, should teachers present ALL the scientific evidence, including both the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory?
A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism — www.dissentfromdarwin.com During recent decades, new scientific evidence from many scientific disciplines such as cosmology, physics, biology, “artificial intelligence” research, and others have caused scientists to begin questioning Darwinism’s central tenet of natural selection and studying the evidence supporting it in greater detail. Yet public TV programs, educational policy statements, and science textbooks have asserted that Darwin’s theory of evolution fully explains the complexity of living things. The public has been assured that all known evidence supports Darwinism and that virtually every scientist in the world believes the theory to be true. The scientists on this list dispute the first claim and stand as living testimony in contradiction to the second. Since Discovery Institute launched Read More ›
The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee unanimously ratified high school biology standards requiring students to understand why “scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.” The South Carolina State Board of Education adopted the standards unanimously last month, and submitted them to the EOC for approval. South Carolina’s new evolution standard does not require teaching the theory of intelligent design.