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EBA: A War on Science

This month East Bay Atheists features the BBC documentary, "A War on Science, " possibly the best video on the defeat of the "Intelligent Design" movement in the Dover, Pennsylvania, court case several years ago. Dover was one of the most significant science education court cases since the Scopes Monkey Trial on evolution in Tennessee in 1925.

Prominent "Intelligent Design" (ID) theoreticians, such as Dembski and Phillip Johnson, elaborate on their thinking in extensive video clips that portray them as thoughtful people. The pro-science perspective is represented by people like Richard Dawkins and Phillip Attenbourgh, who are very clear that ID is nothing more than creationism rewritten; in their view teaching it in a science class would be a major blow to scientific education.

Also featured in the documentary are the parents who filed the lawsuit challenging the decision of the Dover school board to teach ID as science. Their thoughts and feelings are easily embraced by the secular community.

According to Wikipedia, "On December 20, 2005, [the Court] issued [a] 139-page ... decision ...[that] concluded that intelligent design is not science, and permanently barred the board from 'maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID.' All eight of the Dover school board members who were up for re-election on November 8, 2005 were defeated by a set of challengers who opposed the teaching of intelligent design in a science class."

What a victory!

Please join us for this amazing documentary, and for the discussion that follows it.

Afterwards we will go to dinner at our usual Chinese restraurant, King Dong at 2429 Shattuck Ave (between Channing Way & Haste St), Berkeley

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When: Sunday, July 21st at 1:30.

Location: Public Meeting Room, Third Floor, Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, at 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck.

BART Access: Less than one block from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.

Parking: All day parking is available for $7 on the weekend at the lot at Allston & Harold Way, a short block from the library.

No EBA meeting in August. On September 15th join us for our annual picnic in Tilden Park. Details will follow.

Information: Larry Hicok, Coordinator:[masked]
Ski Grabowski, Treasurer:[masked]

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