Press Release

The Centre for Intelligent Design on September 27th 2011 issued a press release and additional material relating to the call by Prof Richard Dawkins, Sir David Attenborough and others for a legal  ban on Creationism and Intelligent Design in Britain's schools. Click here for the Press Release page.

Academic Freedom

It will be obvious to anyone who follows the debate about Intelligent Design (ID) that the issues it raises are profound.  Based on the scientific evidence for design in nature, ID challenges the foundational principle of neo-Darwinism that life is the result of blind and purposeless forces.  It does not necessarily overturn all evolutionary theory, but it requires a major re-think of much of it.  And if ID is correct, the philosophical and religious implications are extensive.

However, there is another key issue raised by ID.  It is the freedom of academics and science educators to explore and discuss the issues associated with ID.  The exploration of ID within science should not be dismissed as something it is not – a disguised religious position.

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The New Authoritarian Approach to Science Education

I participated in a series of short interviews on Sunday 25th September on a number of BBC Local Radio stations with James Williams, a lecturer in Science Education at the University of Sussex. The theme of the interviews was the recent statement from some 30 scientists, including Richard Dawkins and Sir David Attenborough, demanding that, among other things, intelligent design (ID) be banned from discussion in schools as a scientific proposition[1].

Williams has subsequently blogged about the encounter at WordPress.com.[2] Both in the interviews and in his blog, Williams is significantly confused about ID.  The current misrepresentation of intelligent design as ‘creationism’ and ‘not science’ militates against objective scientific enquiry and good science education.  In fact, it introduces an unwelcome element of propaganda.

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