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Is Intelligent Design Science? Dissecting the Dover Decision

Monton, Bradley (2006) Is Intelligent Design Science? Dissecting the Dover Decision. [Preprint]

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In the case of Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al., Judge Jones ruled that a pro-intelligent design disclaimer cannot be read to public school students. In his decision, he gave demarcation criteria for what counts as science, ruling that intelligent design fails these criteria. I argue that these criteria are flawed, with most of my focus on the criterion of methodological naturalism. The way to refute intelligent design is not by declaring it unscientific, but by showing that the empirical evidence for design is not there.

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Item Type: Preprint
Monton, Bradley
Keywords: intelligent design, creationism, demarcation question, methodological naturalism, non-science, psuedoscience, Robert Pennock, Barbara Forrest, William Dembski
Subjects: General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Science and Religion
Depositing User: Bradley Monton
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2592

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