Taking Up Patricia Princehouse’s Gauntlet
|December 16, 2005||Posted by William Dembski under Education|
Patricia Princehouse — the philosophy professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who has vilified ID and its supporters for years — has published a letter to the editor of USA Today (see below) in which she replies to Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel. The two journalists, one conservative and the other liberal, ran a column a few days earlier in which they wondered why the Darwinists were hiding from a fair debate on ID. Princehouse now writes that on behalf of the Darwinists, she accepts the challenge and sets the terms: “First week in January. Cleveland. Put up or shut up.”
Nothwithstanding the fact that Princehouse is in the Philosophy Department (not the Biology Department, as she claims below), and nothwithstanding the fact that it was the Darwinists who declined to show up for the Kansas hearings earlier this year — where they would have been cross-examined by John Calvert and Edward Sisson — I’m happy to take up Princehouse’s gauntlet and have emailed her to that effect.
Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel propose a public debate on the scientific merits of intelligent design, and Beckel wonders whether “the Darwinists will show up.”
You bet we will! In fact, we’ll host.
We challenge the top “intelligent-designists” to a debate of the scientific evidence for intelligent design, to be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland the first week of January.
“Doubting Thomas” Cal’s nihilistic suggestion to subject the Bible to scientific analysis is too big a project for this event, but an hour or so sounds like just about how long it should take to dispatch any scientific claims for intelligent design.
The question is, will the designists show? Calls go out every day to present scientific data at scientific conferences. The designists are always busy that decade. Meanwhile, the scientific data supporting evolution continue to pour in on a daily basis and produce spinoff applications that create new medicine, more productive crops, cleaner water and better living for billions of people worldwide.
The Darwinists show up to work every day in thousands of labs around the globe. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Beckel, your guys are the ones who don’t show.
January. Cleveland. The “science” of ID. Put up or shut up.
Patricia Princehouse, Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland