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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:Steven.Edinger.1@Ohio.edu] Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:27 AM To: Science Education Subject: Lehigh University
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      From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:Steven.Edinger.1@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:27 AM
      To: Science Education
      Subject: Lehigh University Biological Sciences Department Disclaimer of
      Behe and Intelligent Design

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      Dear Colleagues,

      I think Lehigh has the right idea. Explicit statements from
      science
      departments rejecting Intelligent Design Creationism and the "work" of
      Intelligent Design Creationists are a great idea!

      I sure hope the ACLU lawyers introduce this into the evidence
      when cross
      examining Dr. Behe. Hearing his explanation for having his ideas
      rejected by
      his closest associates ought to be telling!

      Best wishes,

      Steve Edinger


      >From the Lehigh University Department of Biological Sciences webpage
      at:

      <http://www.lehigh.edu/~inbios/news/evolution.htm>


      Department Position on Evolution and "Intelligent Design"

      The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the
      highest standards of scientific integrity and academic function. This
      commitment carries with it unwavering support for academic freedom and
      the free
      exchange of ideas. It also demands the utmost respect for the scientific
      method, integrity in the conduct of research, and recognition that the
      validity
      of any scientific model comes only as a result of rational hypothesis
      testing,
      sound experimentation, and findings that can be replicated by others.

      The department faculty, then, are unequivocal in their support of
      evolutionary
      theory, which has its roots in the seminal work of Charles Darwin and
      has been
      supported by findings accumulated over 140 years. The sole dissenter
      from this
      position, Prof. Michael Behe, is a well-known proponent of "intelligent
      design." While we respect Prof. Behe's right to express his views, they
      are his
      alone and are in no way endorsed by the department. It is our collective
      position that intelligent design has no basis in science, has not been
      tested
      experimentally, and should not be regarded as scientific.

      Copyright (c) 2003 Lehigh University. All Rights Reserved.
      Site Design Academic Web Pages




      Please see the Ohio Citizens for Science's web page at:


      http://OhioScience.org



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      Steven A. Edinger, Physiology Lab Instructor

      064 Irvine Hall
      Department of Biological Sciences
      steven.edinger.1@...
      Ohio University Office: (740) 593-9484
      Athens, Ohio 45701-2979 Fax: (740) 593-0300
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      "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of
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