Michael Behe Speaks in Kansas on Intelligent Design
Last week Michael Behe spoke at Kansas University as part of a series of "Difficult Dialogues," with various speakers on the topic of intelligent design. There is an excellent report on Behe's talk at Reasonable Kansans Blog which has some highlights worth noting. Behe primarily discussed and critiqued the Kitzmiller ruling. (We will have more news about this and related issues dealing with how Judge Jones wrote his ruling tomorrow, so be sure to check back here.)
The Immunology Literature Dump:
Misquotes by Judge Jones:
(As noted earlier, Discovery Institute will have more news about this and related issues dealing with how Judge Jones wrote his ruling tomorrow, so be sure to check back here.)
Media Misquotes on Astrology:
This same point about astrology was similarly addressed here last year at the time Behe testified:
About 500 years ago, most "scientists" believed (albeit incorrectly) that the Earth was the center of the solar system. Had you asked an early astronomer in the year 1500 if the geocentric model of the solar system was "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, and tested hypotheses ... that develop[ed] from extensive observation, experimentation, and creative reflection ... [and] incorporate[s] a large body of scientific facts, laws, tested hypotheses, and logical inferences" she would have probably told you YES!
Put the NAS [National Academy of Sciences] on the witness stand, and they would admit that 500 years ago, some people would have said that geocentrism qualified under their definition of "theory." In fact, 500 years ago, many of these same people would have put "astrology" under the NAS definition [of science] (note: we find this incredible today, but in his time, it was not scandalous that Newton was an astrologer). Today we know both astrology and geocentrism are totally wrong, and so nobody wants them taught as science in school.
Reasonable Kansans Blog has done a good job of covering the lectures with reports on all of the lectures in the series: Ken Miller, Judge Jones, Os Guinness, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Michael Behe, The Panel Discussion.