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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Victory in Dover!!!!

Go to this link to find the pdf of the decision. It's over 130 pages though, so the word on the extent of the victory will have to wait.

4 Comments:

  • A good day for the forces of science...I fear, however, that this may only be a pyrrhic victory. Fear and fundamentalism are on the rise, reason and science in decline.

    VL

    By Blogger vergelimbo, at 12/21/2005 11:13:00 PM  

  • Bah, I won't buy baseless fearmongering from either side. Polls show consistently that there is no real change in people's opinions on evolution and creationism for at least 2 decades now, and if anything there is a slight recent trend in our favor.

    This is despite the fact that scientists are only now getting motivated en masse and are behind in the game; the creationist advertisement agencies have been at this for a while now.

    By Blogger Evil Monkey, at 12/27/2005 10:47:00 AM  

  • I second your Bah my evil simian amigo.

    When scientists boycotted the Kansas BoE Science hearings, their absence made a statement which brought the IDists' issue to the front for many people of science, both professional and amateur. That statement denied any legitimacy to ID's psuedo-theoretical foundation and helped many indifferent people realize just how serious and personal the damage to our species' intellectual progress can be when ignorance and superstition are allowed to set the tone of our childrens' education.

    Judge Jones, whatever his personal beliefs or inclinations, didn't have the option of denying the IDists a debating platform though. He had the Legal Responsibility to sit through the intellectual excrement spewed forth by Behe and company and pass Public Judgement upon their efforts. I am quite happy and relieved to see that he also has the intelligence and integrity to have called them out for their ignorance, lies and specious disingenuity.

    On a personal note, I'm really glad to see you're still posting and hope that you're "family-related issues" are working out for the best, whatever that may be. My own are still quite painful and I wish you well. (Ya silly, evil monkey you!)

    By Blogger MichaelBains, at 12/29/2005 04:39:00 AM  

  • Thanks for hanging around Mike!!! Things are starting to work themselves out here, so I'm considering my options and some content I'd like to pursue in the future. I'm also going to attempt a design overhaul and personalize this damn blog beyond the cookie-cutter templates.

    I hope things are looking up for you!

    By Blogger Evil Monkey, at 12/31/2005 09:41:00 PM  

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