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Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Telluride Hous, Living Room 217 West Ave
The question as to whether Intelligent Design and/or Creationism should be taught along with Evolution in the Biology classroom has been, and remains quite controversial. In order to appreciate the issues involved, we will discuss both the legal and scientific aspects of the controversy. In particular, there have been two court decisions relevant to the issue. One of these was decided by the Supreme Court in 1987, the other was decided in 2005 in Dover, Pa. We will discuss both of these in some detail. In addition, we will discuss some of the scientific issues involved and where the controversy stands today.
This talk is presented by Professor of physics, Ahren Sadoff. Ahren Sadoff received his BS in physics from MIT and his PhD in elementary particle physics from Cornell University. Ahren has been a member of the CLEO collaboration since its inception where he was a part of the CLEO-c experiment. He was also the LEPP representative to the Interactions.org collaboration; an international group of communicators representing all of the high energy particle accelerator facilities in the world. Throughout his career, he has been very concerned about the public understanding of science and the poor state of science literacy in the US. In addition to his love of science, he has had a continuing interest in the Law, especially as it pertains to the US Constitution. He finds, that in many ways, legal and scientific reasoning are similar. It is this combined interest in both of these topics that has led him to formulate his talk on Evolution and Intelligent design.