WHAT: Why Intelligent Design Flunked Science – and the Law.
In 2005, an important trial was held in a Federal District court to test the constitutionality of the Dover, PA school board policy requiring the teaching of a new form of creationism, “intelligent design”. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of this case, Kitzmiller v Dover, expert witness Dr. Kevin Padian explains how the trial required rehearsal not only of First Amendment rights, but of how science is done and not done, and what qualifies as an explanation in science.
WHO: Kevin Padian is past president of NCSE's board of directors and also Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1980. An international expert on the evolution of vertebrates, particularly dinosaurs and their relatives, his principal interest is in the origin of major adaptive changes. It was on this subject, as well as on phylogenetic relationships, homology, and the nature of science, that he testified in the Dover, Pennsylvania trial on "intelligent design" in 2005. He is the author of over a hundred scientific articles and numerous books. He was one of the authors and editors of the California Science Framework K-12 in 1990, and has served on three panels advising the adoption of textbooks and other instructional materials in science to the state of California. He has received numerous awards and academic honors and appointments, including the Carl Sagan Award for the Popularization of Science.
WHEN: 19:30 [7:30PM] 8 October
WHERE: La Peña Lounge, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley [Click for Map]
HOW: Presented as a FREE public service by the Bay Area Skeptics.
WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub
If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale.
WHEN: 7PM Wednesday 28 October (4th Wednesday each month)
WHERE: Fiddlers Green, 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae. A 10 minute stroll from the Millbrae BART & Caltrain station. [Click for Map]