Saturday, October 13, 2007

Nova episode on Intelligent Design!

"Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" will be aired on November 13th on PBS. This should be good. Here is the description from the Nova website:

One of the latest battles in the war over evolution took place in a tiny town in eastern Pennsylvania called Dover. In 2004, the local school board ordered science teachers to read a statement to their high school biology students. The statement suggested that there is an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution called intelligent design, the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and therefore had to have been designed by an intelligent agent. The science teachers refused to comply with the order, and parents opposed to intelligent design filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the separation of church and state. Suddenly, the small town of Dover was torn apart by controversy, pitting neighbor against neighbor. NOVA captures the emotional conflict in interviews with the townspeople, scientists, and lawyers who participated in the historic six-week trial, Kitzmiller, et. al. v. Dover School District, et. al., which was closely watched by the world's media. With recreations based on court transcripts, NOVA presents the arguments by lawyers and expert witnesses in riveting detail and provides an eye-opening crash course on questions such as "What is evolution?" and "Does intelligent design qualify as science?" For years to come, the lessons from Dover will continue to have a profound impact on how science is viewed in our society and how to teach it in the classroom.

2 comments:

stardust said...

Atheistic theory- Time & Chance = all things,all life including mankind. OK for scientists in their study field but wrong for educators to establish this theory as fact. Wrong for science and "education" to be in control of philosophy and religious issues. Wrong too,for opponents to claim Intelligent Design as a science ;but correct, to point at the reasons the atheistic theory is faulty.
The starting point of evolution and Intelligent Design should be at the Big Bang when the Designer created a universe of "simple"atoms that evolved to all things, all life including mankind. Are we not these ancient "simple" atoms very much evolved?
Do they not guide our every thought and action?
A ' search for wisdom' on a myriad of subjects within school systems is sorely needed.

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