Thousands of Scientists Sign Petition Opposing the Teaching of Intelligent Design as Science

No Debate Among Scientists - Regardless of Faith, Intelligent Design Is Not


Oct 20, 2005, 01:00 ET from Shovel Bums LLC

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Archaeologist R. Joe Brandon has
 organized a massive, four-day online campaign in the scientific community in
 response to the Discovery Institute's ongoing efforts to include Intelligent
 Design content in public school science classes.  The petition, at, was circulated between September 28th and October 1st to
 scientists trained in evolutionary theory and gave them an opportunity to
 publicly state that Intelligent Design should not be taught in public schools
 within the science curriculum.  The results were overwhelming -- 7,733
 signatories, more than half of whom are scientists with Ph.Ds.  "I organized
 this project as a response to the Discovery Institute's four-year petition
 initiative which gathered only 400 scientist signatures opposing evolution and
 promoting Intelligent Design as a scientific theory," said Brandon. "During my
 short, four-day experiment, I received about 20 times as many signatures at a
 rate that was 697,000 percent higher than what Discovery Institute can claim."
     Scientists who signed the petition, including 21 National Academy of
 Science members, nine MacArthur "genius" awardees, and a Nobel laureate,
 object to efforts to place Intelligent Design on par with scientific theory,
 Brandon said.  Signatory Dr. Steve Brill of Rutgers University agrees. "To be
 called a scientific theory, Intelligent Design must be at the very least,
 disprovable.  Since there is no way for Intelligent Design to be disproved, it
 fails the simplest test of scientific theory."
     Michael Behe, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and a professor
 of biological sciences at Lehigh University, is often at the center of the
 controversy pushing for ID's acceptance.  Yet, twenty of his peers at Lehigh
 University remarked collectively that "As Michael J. Behe's faculty colleagues
 ... we lend our voices to the chorus of nearly all scientists who conclude
 that 'Intelligent Design' is not a scientific theory, but rather a loosely
 veiled attempt to explain natural phenomena by invoking the concept of a
 supernatural entity. Intelligent Design is not a scientific alternative to
 Darwinian evolution and has no place in the biology classroom."
     The Discovery Institute introduced a "Friend of the Court" brief in the
 ongoing Kitzmiller v. Dover case on October 3rd in an attempt to divert
 attention from the fact that scientists agree that there is no scientific
 theory in Intelligent Design.  The brief, signed by a comparatively scant 85
 scientists, asserts that "the nature of science is not a question to be
 decided by the courts."  Signatory and biologist Mark Siddall of the American
 Museum of Natural History replied, "This is not a fight about what the nature
 of science is.  Scientists have already determined that.  It's a fight about
 what our daughters and sons will be taught is the nature of science."
 Siddall, who helped Brandon analyze the massive response to the petition,
 added, "R. Joe's efforts elicited an overwhelming response from the scientific
 community -- one that cut across lines of faith as deeply as it did across
 fields of scientific study."
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