The Panda s Black Box

Author: Nathaniel C. Comfort
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801885990
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Featuring the writings of Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward J. Larson and several best-selling authors, The Panda's Black Box examines the scientific merits of arguments made by evolution's supporters and opponents alike. It is the first book on Intelligent Design not written for an already-attuned audience seeking articulate confirmation of pre-conceived perceptions.

Out to repossess our land Der Streit um die Evolution als Kampf um die Zukunft Amerikas

Author: Tim Bernshausen
Publisher: disserta Verlag
ISBN: 3959353502
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Mit dem Streit um die Evolution wurde seit den 80er Jahren ein Thema zum Mittelpunkt einer öffentlichen Kontroverse, welches auf den ersten Blick höchst speziell wirkt, jedoch – wie bei genauerem Hinschauen deutlich wird – an den Grundfesten der politischen Kultur Amerikas rüttelte. Der protestantische Fundamentalismus forderte die Lehre alternativer Theorien zur Evolution im Schulunterricht, um einen wahrgenommenen moralischen Verfall zu bekämpfen. Diese Bestrebungen wurden von evolutionsbefürwortenden Aktivistinnen und Aktivisten als Angriff auf die Wissenschaft selbst gedeutet. Der Konflikt über die Evolution war damit von Anfang an weit mehr als ein Streit um Lerninhalte. An ihm entzündete sich vielmehr ein Machtkampf zwischen konkurrierenden sozialen Gruppen um die Zukunft Amerikas, der untrennbar mit der Suche nach der kollektiven Identität der Nation in Zeiten beschleunigter Globalisierung verbunden war. Den Auslöser bildete die Wahrnehmung einer tiefgreifenden Krise der jeweils eigenen gesellschaftlichen und machtpolitischen Position. Der diskursanalytische Blick offenbart das Verhältnis von Krisenwahrnehmungen, Legitimationsinstanzen und Machtansprüchen beider Lager.

The Politics of Evolution

Author: David F. Prindle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317499360
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The controversy over teaching evolution or creationism in American public schools offers a policy paradox. Two sets of values—science and democracy—are in conflict when it comes to the question of what to teach in public school biology classes. Prindle illuminates this tension between American public opinion, which clearly prefers that creationism be taught in public school biology classes, versus the ideal that science, and only science, be taught in those classes. An elite consisting of scientists, professional educators, judges, and business leaders by and large are determined to ignore public preferences and teach only science in science classes despite the majority opinion to the contrary. So how have the political process and the Constitutional law establishment managed to thwart the people’s will in this self-proclaimed democracy? Drawing on a vast body of work across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, Prindle explores the rhetoric of the evolution issue, explores its history, examines the nature of the public opinion that causes it, evaluates the Constitutional jurisprudence that upholds it, and explains the political dynamic that keeps it going. This incisive analysis is a must-read in a wide range of disciplines and for anyone who wants to understand the politics of biology.

Intelligent Design and the Temptation of Scientism

Author: Erkki Vesa Rope Kojonen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317027337
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The controversy over Intelligent Design (ID) has now continued for over two decades, with no signs of ending. For its defenders, ID is revolutionary new science, and its opposition is merely ideological. For its critics, ID is both bad science and bad theology. But the polemical nature of the debate makes it difficult to understand the nature of the arguments on all sides. A balanced and deep analysis of a controversial debate, this volume argues that beliefs about the purposiveness or non-purposiveness of nature should not be based merely on science. Rather, the philosophical and theological nature of such questions should be openly acknowledged.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.