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Citadel News Service
1 Feb 2011

Darwin Week speaker to delve into evolution in real time

One of the nation’s leading critics of intelligent design theory will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 in Grimsley Hall’s Graham Copeland Auditorium on The Citadel campus as part of Darwin Week.


Robert Pennock

Robert T. Pennock, a professor of science and philosophy at Michigan State University, is best known for his expert testimony in the landmark Dover, Del., school board case testing the constitutionality of teaching in public schools the theory of intelligent design, which argues that the universe is so complex it must have been created by an intelligent being. Pennock testified that intelligent design is not science but religion.

Pennock has been teaching at Michigan State since 2000. His research interests are in philosophy of biology, artificial life, and the relationship of epistemic and ethical values in science. He is particularly interested in evolution education and has written many books and articles on intelligent design. Pennock heads up the Avida-ED project, which uses artificial life to teach about evolution and the nature of science.

Pennock is a lifetime member of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and his book “Tower of Babel “was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

Pennock’s lecture at The Citadel is called “Evolution in Action: Observing Evolutionary Processes in Real Time” and is free and open to the public. He will deliver a different lecture at 4 p.m. the same day at the College of Charleston New Science Center Auditorium.

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