AirTalk for December 29, 2009

California Science Center and Darwin's Dilemma

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Original letters from Charles Darwin are displayed at the Herbaruim library on March 25, 2009 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London.

LA's California Science Center is under fire (and facing a lawsuit) for scheduling, and then cancelling, a screening of a film about intelligent design. The American Freedom Alliance intended to show "Darwin's Dilemma" alongside "We Are Born of Stars," a documentary that supports Darwin's theory of evolution. Now the AFA contends that the California Science Center, in cancelling the screening, is violating the 1st Amendment by stifling scientific debate over the validity of intelligent design. Is a science center the wrong place to argue intelligent design? Or does academia have a responsibility to air both sides of this debate?


John Mark Reynolds, Professor of Philosophy, Biola University in La Mirada, also a fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, which promotes the teaching of intelligent design

Michael Shermer, science writer and founding publisher of Skeptics magazine, columnist for Scientific American

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