National Academy of Sciences Report on Evolution Long on Assertion, Short on Evidence, Says Discovery Institute

Jan 03, 2008, 00:00 ET from Discovery Institute

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Academy of
 Sciences has published yet another report on evolution, titled "Science,
 Evolution, and Creationism." In the ample space of 89 pages, the NAS
 manages to celebrate evolution as an unassailable truth, completely
 misrepresent intelligent design, and rehash the same standard Darwinist
 arguments which have been refuted by critical scientists time and again.
     The NAS exaggerates the success of evolution, hyping it as "the
 foundation for modern biology." This outrageous claim continues to meet a
 growing skepticism from scientists around the world. Over 700 doctoral
 scientists have publicly declared their disagreement by signing a list
 dissenting from Darwinism, including National Academy of Sciences member
 Phillip Skell.
     In 2005, Dr. Skell wrote in a letter published in The Scientist that
 "the claim that [Darwinian evolution] is the cornerstone of modern
 experimental biology will be met with quiet skepticism from a growing
 number of scientists in fields where theories actually do serve as
 cornerstones for tangible breakthroughs."
     Instead of treating evolutionary theory as an area open to further
 scientific inquiry, the NAS report canonizes evolution as perfect and
 immutable, "so well established that no new evidence is likely to alter
     "Under their definition, a theory is not a testable area of science but
 rather an unquestionable dogma," said CSC program officer Casey Luskin.
     Of course, this should come as no surprise, given the NAS's bias
 against intelligent design, which challenges Darwinian evolution on
 scientific grounds. Rather than addressing the science of ID, the report
 misrepresents the theory as an untestable religious belief. While the
 report ignores what design theorists actually claim, it chooses to cite the
 Kitzmiller ruling instead, apparently trusting a judge who copied the ACLU
 and disregarding the academic freedom of the scientists who stake their
 reputations and careers on the scientific merit of intelligent design.
     At bottom, this report does little more than reveal a tired and weary
 voice of an establishment unwilling to actually address the scientific
 claims or the thoughtful skepticism of a growing number of scientists who
     Discovery Institute recently published its own guide for educators,
 "The Theory of Intelligent Design: A briefing packet for educators to help
 them understand the debate between Darwinian evolution and intelligent
 design." It is available at
     -- Download a color version here:
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