Science and Creationism Is Discussion Topic
for Convocation November 14 at UC San Diego

October 10, 2006

By Pat JaCoby

Robert Pennock

The creationist movement, a stormy topic from schoolhouse to courtroom, will be discussed by a philosopher/scientist who has studied the issue for more than 20 years, during a Nov. 14 Convocation on Intelligent Design Creationism sponsored by Sixth College at the University of California, San Diego.

Author, editor and academic Robert T. Pennock will discuss The Ground Rules of Science: Why the Judge Ruled Intelligent Design Creationism Out of Court at 7 p.m. in RIMAC Arena. The event is free and open to the public.

As professor of Science and Technology Studies at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs School of Science and professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Pennock has focused particularly on intelligent design creationists since the early 1990s. Also a faculty member in MSU’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior graduate program, Pennock currently is doing research on artificial life and evolutionary computation.

He is the author of Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism which the New York Review of Books called “the best book on creationism in all its guises.”

Additionally, Pennock edited Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological and Scientific Perspectives, the most complete source book on the topic. He has published more than a dozen scholarly articles on philosophical issues in the creationism debate and has discussed the topic at more than 100 universities and professional conferences nationally and internationally.

As an expert, Pennock has testified on creationism before state Boards of Education, assisted legislators in opposing intelligent design legislation, and given workshops for public school teachers to help them better teach about evolution and the nature of science.

In September 2005, Pennock served as an expert witness in “Kitzmiller et al v. Dover Area School Board.” The suit tested the constitutionality of a policy that allowed the teaching of intelligent design creationism in a public school.

The co-founder and president of Michigan Citizens for Science, which works to defend and promote sound science education in Michigan, Pennock received his doctorate in history and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sponsoring Pennock’s visit, in addition to UCSD’s Sixth College, are the Council of Provosts, the Helen Edison Lecture Series, the Division of Biological Sciences, the Sixth College Student Council, and Cal(it)2.

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