Darwinism, Design, and Public Education

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From the Scopes Trial in 1925 through the action of the Kansas board of education, the teaching of evolution in public schools has been a flashpoint in American education. The evolution of fundamentalist creationism into the proposition of "intelligent design" (ID) in the late 20th century reignited the character of this controversy. Darwinism, Design, and Public Education provides a thorough and readable source of primary literature for and against the rhetoric of intelligent design as a science, a philosophy, ...

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Overview

From the Scopes Trial in 1925 through the action of the Kansas board of education, the teaching of evolution in public schools has been a flashpoint in American education. The evolution of fundamentalist creationism into the proposition of "intelligent design" (ID) in the late 20th century reignited the character of this controversy. Darwinism, Design, and Public Education provides a thorough and readable source of primary literature for and against the rhetoric of intelligent design as a science, a philosophy, and a movement for educational reform.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870136702
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series
  • Pages: 634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen C. Meyer is Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Meyer has co-written or edited two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education and Science and Evidence of Design in the Universe. He has also authored numerous technical articles as well as editorials in magazines and newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, First Things, and the National Review.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Why Are We Still Debating Darwinism? Why Not Teach the Controversy?
Pt. I Should Darwinism Be Presented Critically and Comparatively in the Public Schools? Philosophical, Educational, and Legal Issues 1
Intelligent Design, Darwinism, and the Philosophy of Public Education 3
Intelligent Design Theory, Religion, and the Science Curriculum 45
Teaching the Controversy: Is It Science, Religion, or Speech? 59
Pt. II Scientific Critique of Biology Textbooks and Contemporary Evolutionary Theory 133
The Meanings of Evolution 135
The Deniable Darwin 157
Haeckel's Embryos and Evolution: Setting the Record Straight 179
Second Thoughts about Peppered Moths 187
Where Do We Come From? A Humbling Look at the Biology of Life's Origin 193
Origin of Life and Evolution in Biology Textbooks: A Critique 207
Pt. III The Theory of Intelligent Design: A Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian and/or Chemical Evolutionary Theories 221
DNA and the Origin of Life: Information, Specification, and Explanation 223
Design in the Details: The Origin of Biomolecular Machines 287
Homology in Biology: Problem for Naturalistic Science and Prospect for Intelligent Design 303
The Cambrian Explosion: Biology's Big Bang 323
Reinstating Design within Science 403
Pt. IV Critical Responses 419
The Rhetoric of Intelligent Design: Alternatives for Science and Religion 421
Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity: A Rejoinder 441
Biochemical Complexity: Emergence or Design? 455
Design Yes, Intelligent No: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory and Neo-Creationism 463
On Behalf of the Fool 475
Rhetorical Arguments and Scientific Arguments: Do My Children Have to Listen to More Arguments against Evolution? 487
Design? Yes! But Is It Intelligent? 499
Creation and Evolution: A Modest Proposal 513
Thinking Pedagogically about Design 525
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Intelligent Design Theory 533
Creationism versus Darwinism: A Third Alternative 543
The Rhetorical Problem of Intelligent Design 549
App. A U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hearing: On Curriculum Controversies in Biology, 21 August 1998 555
App. B Helping Schools to Teach Evolution 587
App. C Stratigraphic First Appearance of Phyla-Body Plans 593
App. D Stratigraphic First Appearance of Phyla-Subphyla Body Plans 599
App. E Probability of Other Body Plans Originating in the Cambrian Explosion 605
Glossary 613
For Further Reading 625
Contributors 629
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