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
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 www.discovery.org.
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SOURCE Discovery Institute