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Biochem J. 2009 Jan 1;417(1):29-42. doi: 10.1042/BJ20081534.

Darwin, Dover, 'Intelligent Design' and textbooks.

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  • 1Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3140, USA. kpadian@berkeley.edu

Abstract

ID ('intelligent design') is not science, but a form of creationism; both are very different from the simple theological proposition that a divine Creator is responsible for the natural patterns and processes of the Universe. Its current version maintains that a 'Designer' must intervene miraculously to accomplish certain natural scientific events. The verdict in the 2005 case Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover School District, et al. (in Harrisburg, PA, U.S.A.) was a landmark of American jurisprudence that prohibited the teaching of ID as science, identified it as religiously based, and forbade long-refuted 'criticisms of evolution' from introduction into public school classes. Much of the science of the trial was based on biochemistry; biochemists and other scientists have several important opportunities to improve scientific literacy and science education in American public schools ('state schools') by working with teachers, curriculum developers and textbook writers.

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