Friday, June 23, 2006

Research ID Opens

Today was the opening day for the Research ID. Please visit the website at www.researchid.org. Here is a letter from the founder of Research ID:

The intelligent design community needs dynamic and interactive websites where professionals and students can gain valuable information about ID, and at the same time contribute their own knowledge and information to the site. Today is the grand opening of just such a synergistic website called ResearchID.org. To fulfill this need for vibrant interaction, ResearchID.org is a knowledgebase compiling and synthesizing research on intelligent design.

The research in the knowledgebase covers fields ranging from computer science and bioinformatics, to physics and cosmology. ResearchID.org is investigating topics such as using ID as a heuristic for developing new scientific research. They have also begun working on the Catalog of Fundamental Facts, which was suggested by David Berlinski and William Dembski. There is plenty of biographical information, a glossary of ID jargon, and more.

ResearchID.org is more than just a static database of information. Anyone can register (free) and contribute, so it is also a springboard for new research schemes, a clearing house for information, and a dynamic community where you’re encouraged to bring your ideas to fruition. Peruse the information, or better yet, join the team by participating. This is a crucial time for intelligent design research, and you can be a part of the vanguard right now!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lawyer in Dover Trial Dies of Brain Tumor

Joseph M. Farber, an attorney with Pepper Hamilton, LLC, died in his home on Monday, May 22, 2006. The cause of death was a brain tumor.

Farber, 34, was a member of Pepper Hamilton's "commercial litigation practice group and was a specialist on securities and antitrust matters." He is most known, however, for being on the team of lawyers that sued the Dover Area School District in the widely known case, Kitzmiller v. Dover. Pepper Hamilton, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joined the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State in the lawsuit.

While I strongly disagree with Farber's views on intelligent design and while I felt the plaintiffs' made a poor case in Dover, I am saddened to hear of Farber's death. I wish his wife, Carol; his sons Nathaniel and Samuel; his parents, David and Gloria; and his brother; the best of luck in the days to come. My condolences go to the family and all who knew Joseph Farber.