Live Webcast by Kenneth Miller: Why ID fails to convince
Controversies about evolution are never very far in the US. Recent attempts to introduce criticism of evolution into biology classes have failed. A live webcast on the 4th of April 2008 by Prof. Kenneth R Miller will explain more.
The recent years have seen repeated attempts to introduce "intelligent design" (ID) into the biology classes in the United States. Proponents of ID claim that evolutionary theory has so many fundamental flaws that an entirely different theory is needed. They claim that Darwin's mechanism of natural selection could not have led to the observed diversity and complexity of life and that therefore an "intelligent designer" must have been the real source. The key problem with this claim is that it has never really been substantiated with the scientific rigor that would be needed to make such a point (it is not even clear, whether that is possible in principle). Thus attempts to introduce such speculation into biology classes have been unsuccessful.
It has taken much diligence on part of those involved in making the corresponding decisions, as they had to carefully weigh the evidence, often under great political pressure. A well documented example is the 2005 trial in Dover, Pennsylvania (see Wikipedia here and here and the 139 page explanation of the ruling of Judge Jones (pdf), where he lays out the evidence that ID is not science).
For those who are interested in this topic, there is an upcoming live webcast by a lead witness of the Dover trial, Prof. Kenneth R Miller on April 4, 2008 at 7:00 pm CT (GMT - April 5, 2008 at 12:00 am). He will give a talk entitled "God, Darwin, and Design: Lessons from the Dover Monkey Trial". The webcasting software used for this requires viewers to download and install a small plugin. The producers recommended to log in 15 min before start. A link to the details of the lecture and the webcast can be found at: