University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Wednesday, December 14th 2005
4:00 pm:
Speaker: P.Z. Myers, University of Minnesota, Morris
Subject: The Antithesis of Intelligent Design; or, why reality is actually about Dumb Accidents
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.

Proponents of Intelligent Design creationism (IDC) have been making
claims that their ideas represent a valid form of science. A review
of their arguments shows, though, that they rely on argument by
inappropriate analogy, in which a statement that something "looks
like" an artifact is sufficient; the argument from the impossibility
of complexity, which makes the unjustifiable leap that complexity can
only arise from intent; inappropriate claims that the irreducibility
of pathways implies their assembly could not have been sequential;
and sweeping misrepresentations of the state of evolutionary research.

In this colloquium, I'll review a sampling of the evidence from
biology that invalidates many of their claims, and demonstrate the
anti-scientific, anti-intellectual foundation of the IDC movement.
While many of the metaphysical claims of creationists cannot be
addressed, the status of evolutionary biology as an explanatory
framework is unchallenged by any of the complaints of Intelligent
Design advocates.

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