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Monday, December 08, 2008

Kevin Padian the mad scientist


In the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, crackpot Darwinist scientist Kevin Padian was a plaintiffs' expert witness who testified with "evident fierce joy" about such things as reptilian jaw bones evolving into mammalian middle-ear bones. Also, he handed out "Friend of Darwin" certificates at a reunion of the Dover plaintiffs team.

In a Feb. 2008 article in Geotimes, Padian wrote,
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It’s not the business of science to try to dissuade people from their religious beliefs. That’s one of many reasons why we don’t fund scientific initiatives to convert fundamentalists to accepting evolution. On the other hand, lots of fundamentalists spend time and effort trying to convince people that evolution is full of holes, and that anything connected with it is wrong — including the geologic timetable, radiometric dating, plate tectonic theory and the history of the Grand Canyon.

Padian is lying here. The federally funded website of the University of California's Museum of Paleontology, where Padian is a curator, gives teachers advice on how to use religion to promote acceptance of evolution. In fact, that scandal was the subject of an establishment clause lawsuit, Caldwell v. Caldwell [1] [2] [3]. Padian is also president of the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education, which has also been deeply involved in the scandal.

Also, in a forthcoming paper, Padian wrote,

As evolutionary biology in all its forms continues to bring forth amazing new insights from the origin of whales to the evolution of microbial resistance, one would think that the anti-evolutionists would have less to cling to each year, and that they would give up their arguments as disproven misapprehensions. They will not, despite recent victories against ID as science and the lunacy of 'creation science'. Creationists reject the notion of a rational universe because they believe that evolution depends upon the dominance of 'random processes' that allow no divine direction or teleological goal. This is the core of the resistance to evolution in America, and it will not go away anytime soon.

Evolution that allows "divine direction or teleological goal"? Padian is talking here like a theistic evolutionist! Why is Intelligent Design a violation of church-state separation while theistic evolutionism is not? That's topsy-turvy, considering that theistic evolutionism is expressly based on theism whereas ID is not.

Also, religious belief is not the "core" of resistance to evolution in America.
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