Saturday, October 27, 2007

Louisana Governor Supports Intelligent Design

The New York Times reports that the newly elected Governor of Louisana is a supporter of intelligent design. Bobby Jindal (R-La) is the first Indian-American governor in the United States. He brings a very impressive resume to the table, having been a Rhodes Scholar and educated at both Oxford and Brown Universities and only being 36 years of age.

Born in Baton Rouge, Lousiana to Hindu parents, Jindal converted to Roman Catholicism during his years at Brown University. After losing the previous gubernatorial election in 2003 to Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Jindal ran successfully for Congress from the New Orleans suburbs in 2004. He sought the governor's seat again in 2007 and was successful.

Jindal, as aformentioned, is a proponent of intelligent design and has said that it may be appropriate for school science classes. Critics will, no doubt, neglect Jindal's education at Brown and Oxford and all his other accomplishments in light of this one fact. Perhaps it is time for change, however, and perhaps Jindal is the right person for Louisana at this time.

Kenyan Monkeys Make "Lewd" Signs

A recent article (found here) discusses how monkeys in Kenya are "monkeying" around and making lewd gestures towards women. What's interesting is what the spokesperson for Kenya's Wildlife Service, Gichuki Kabukuru, said concerning this matter:

"That is quite true. I will not be able to give you a scientific explanation but it has been observed in the past," he said. "Even in our camps, when men are out on patrol and the monkeys see women and children, they will become very naughty and make lewd signs at them."

Supposedly, something can be "quite true" while no one can give a scientific explanation for it. Why aren't scientists shouting about this? Shouldn't they be all over these Kenyans for saying this? Why are we allowing these Kenyans to draw such conclusions a mere observations? This is a travesty.

Or...maybe we always rely on observations and inferences and it's something deeper than science that makes scientists protest intelligent design. Just a thought.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

St. Petersburg Times on Thomas Woodward

The St. Petersburg Times ran an article about Dr. Thomas Woodward of Trinity College and author of Doubts About Darwin and Darwin Strikes Back. Dr. Woodward is considered the historian of the intelligent design movement and his work has been most valuable for those in the ongoing debate between intelligent design and evolution and for the public.

The article can be found here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

NOVA to Carry Documentary on Kitzmiller Proceedings

NOVA, the popular science show on PBS, will be featuring a two-hour documentary on the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial held in Pennsylvania in 2005. The film, entitled "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," will be featured on November 13, 2007 at 8 PM EST on PBS.

Though the film tries to be objective, given the title of the documentary and this quote from NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula S. Apsell, I find that highly unlikely. Apsell says:

Judgment Day captures on film a landmark court case with a powerful scientific message at its core. Evolution is one of the most essential and least understood of all scientific theories, the foundation of biological science. We felt it was important for NOVA to do this program to heighten the public understanding of what constitutes science and what does not, and therefore, what is acceptable for inclusion in the science curriculum in our public schools.

For more information, see the article "Is Intelligent Design Science or Religion?"