In Intelligent Design Trial Take Barbara Forrest's Testimony With a 'Shaker-Full' of Salt Warns Discovery Institute

Oct 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from Discovery Institute

    SEATTLE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Southeastern Louisiana University
 philosophy professor Barbara Forrest testified in the Kitzmiller v. Dover
 trial that it is her opinion that intelligent design and creationism are
 essentially one in the same.
     "I hope that the media will critically analyze Forrest's testimony and get
 our response to her allegations," said John West. "I would warn them to take
 what she says not with just a grain of salt, but with a shaker-full."
     "The ACLU's entire case is built on misrepresenting what intelligent
 design is, and mischaracterizing it as creationism so we're not surprised they
 called Forrest as a witness," West added.
     According to West, creationism is focused on defending a literal reading
 of the Genesis account, usually including the creation of the earth by the
 Biblical God a few thousand years ago. Unlike creationism, the scientific
 theory of intelligent design is agnostic regarding the source of design and
 has no commitment to defending Genesis, the Bible or any other sacred text.
 Instead, intelligent design theory attempts to empirically detect whether the
 apparent design in nature observed by biologists is genuine design (the
 product of an organizing intelligence) or is simply the product of chance and
 mechanical natural laws.
     "The effort to detect design in nature is being adopted by a growing
 number of biologists, biochemists, physicists, mathematicians, and
 philosophers of science at colleges and universities around the world," said
 West. "Scientists engaged in design research include biochemist Michael Behe
 of Lehigh University and microbiologist Scott Minnich at the University of
 Idaho, both of whom will testify for the defense, and astronomer Guillermo
 Gonzalez at Iowa State University."

SOURCE Discovery Institute