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Cornell president condemns intelligent design
2005 Syracuse.com ^ | 10/21/2005, 12:03 p.m. ET | By WILLIAM KATES

Posted on 10/21/2005 10:26:36 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University Interim President Hunter Rawlings III on Friday condemned the teaching of intelligent design as science, calling it "a religious belief masquerading as a secular idea."

"Intelligent design is not valid science," Rawlings told nearly 700 trustees, faculty and other school officials attending Cornell's annual board meeting.

"It has no ability to develop new knowledge through hypothesis testing, modification of the original theory based on experimental results and renewed testing through more refined experiments that yield still more refinements and insights," Rawlings said.

Rawlings, Cornell's president from 1995 to 2003, is now serving as interim president in the wake of this summer's sudden departure of former Cornell president Jeffrey Lehman.

Intelligent design is a theory that says life is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying a higher power must have had a hand. It has been harshly criticized by The National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which have called it repackaged creationism and improper to include in scientific education.

There are brewing disputes involving evolution and intelligent design in at least 20 states and numerous school districts nationwide, including California, New Mexico, Kansas and Pennsylvania. President Bush elevated the controversy in August when he said that schools should teach intelligent design along with evolution.

Many Americans, including some supporters of evolution, believe intelligent design should be taught with evolution. Rawlings said a large minority of Americans — nearly 40 percent — want creationism taught in public schools instead of evolution.

For those reasons, Rawlings said he felt it "imperative" to use his state-of-the-university address — usually a recitation of the school's progress over the last year — to speak out against intelligent design, which he said has "put rational thought under attack."


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KEYWORDS: academia; atheist; cityofevil; cornell; crevolist; evolution; hellbound; intelligentdesign; ithaca; scumbag
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To: Dimensio

I hear ya. I think you are right on the money.


81 posted on 10/21/2005 12:00:47 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: mlc9852

LOL


82 posted on 10/21/2005 12:00:48 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: dmz

I have proof - look around you.


83 posted on 10/21/2005 12:02:10 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: hawkaw

How are you ever gonna prove string theory?


84 posted on 10/21/2005 12:02:54 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852
Why aren't Darwinists happier people? Probably because they see no value in human life since they consider it is no more than random DNA thrown together. How sad.

No, no, you misstate the obvious yet again. Feel free to try again when you graduate from the third grade.

85 posted on 10/21/2005 12:04:14 PM PDT by balrog666 (A myth by any other name is still inane.)
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To: mlc9852

Go read about it.


86 posted on 10/21/2005 12:04:36 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: Disambiguator

Well, you certainly took the fun out of it!


87 posted on 10/21/2005 12:04:52 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Bigh4u2
That's assuming the 'designer' was God..

So you're a Raelian.
Cool.

(I've never met a Raelian before)

88 posted on 10/21/2005 12:05:39 PM PDT by dread78645 (Sorry Mr. Franklin, We couldn't keep it.)
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To: balrog666

Please - practice your insults. They are just so juvenile. Maybe you should watch reruns of Rodney Dangerfield.


89 posted on 10/21/2005 12:05:55 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852
Probably because they see no value in human life

I have a great value for human life!!

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

90 posted on 10/21/2005 12:06:17 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: RadioAstronomer

I've missed you on these threads. Glad you're back.


91 posted on 10/21/2005 12:06:58 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

proof of what? I'm not trying to be unpleasant, but evolution is out - no proof. God is in - the proof is, what, existence, nature? I really don't understand your reply.


92 posted on 10/21/2005 12:07:53 PM PDT by dmz
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To: mlc9852

Thank you! I have been very busy as of late. Was up for a strait 26 hours last weekend trying to get stuff done.


93 posted on 10/21/2005 12:09:06 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: mlc9852
Why aren't Darwinists happier people? Probably because they see no value in human life since they consider it is no more than random DNA thrown together. How sad.

The sociological implications of a theory do not invalidate the theory itself.

Heck, I'm sad because gravity means I can't just fly around like Superman. Scientists don't factor my squashed dreams of being a superhero into the Theory Of Gravity, however.

(Stupid scientists.)

94 posted on 10/21/2005 12:09:16 PM PDT by bobhoskins (The x-ray vision makes up for it, though.)
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To: Doc Savage

>>>Always wondered how many drunk, drug-addled, depressed students commit suicide at the Falls each year?

Not as many as one might think given the ample opportunities the gorges provide.
From 1990 to 2000, nine students killed themselves at Cornell, representing 5.7 student deaths per 100,000 per year. With eleven suicides in the same number of years, a student death rate of 10.2, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) far surpassed Harvard University (7.4 deaths per 100,000 per year) and Duke University (6.1 suicides per 100,000 per year). MIT's suicide rate is also 53 percent greater than the national average among college students, which is 7 per 100,000 per year.


95 posted on 10/21/2005 12:09:31 PM PDT by NC28203
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To: dread78645

" So you're a Raelian.
Cool."

Nope.

Just putting forth a 'theory' that the current intelligent civilization may have not been the first.

Besides. Try as I may, I just can't seem to get my tinfoil hat to stay on straight!


96 posted on 10/21/2005 12:11:00 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: dmz

He's using argument by "because I said so". He's made it clear in the past that he's not interested in rational discussion, but rather interested in assuming the truth his position, assuming the position of anyone who accepts evolution (note that he rather clearly implies that all who accept evolution are atheists, even though he knows that this is a lie), and ranting accordingly.


97 posted on 10/21/2005 12:13:27 PM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Cornell University Interim President Hunter Rawlings III on Friday condemned the teaching of intelligent design as science, calling it "a religious belief masquerading as a secular idea."

I have a feeling that if 'religion' embraced evolution as the best explanation, as a science, Cornell Univ Interim President Rawlings would 'condemn the teaching of evolution as science, calling it "a religious belief masquerading as a secular idea."' It's religion they hate, along with rational thought, and they seem bent on redefining 'rational thought' to suit their needs, especially their need to attack religion.

98 posted on 10/21/2005 12:13:51 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Bigh4u2
Nope. Just putting forth a 'theory' that the current intelligent civilization may have not been the first.

No, you're putting forth a hypothesis, not a theory. And that's the problem with "ID" -- it doesn't rise to the level of an actual scientific theory, and should not be (mis)represented (especially in schools) as if it did.

99 posted on 10/21/2005 12:17:44 PM PDT by Ichneumon (Certified pedantic coxcomb)
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CrevoSci threads for the past week:

    OpenTag Date link Title closeTag Notes
  1. 2005-10-21 A test nobody wants to take
  2. 2005-10-21 Cornell president condemns intelligent design
  3. 2005-10-20 1st Euro Conf. on Intelligent Design Features Scientists From Biology, Paleontology & Astrophysics
  4. 2005-10-20 A test nobody wants to take [more ross exam, Dover Evolution trial, 20 October]
  5. 2005-10-20 Barf Alert: ACLU's 'intelligent design' in Dover case
  6. 2005-10-20 Being Stalked by Intelligent Design
  7. 2005-10-20 Darwin Takes the Fifth: What Really Happened at the Kansas Evolution Hearings
  8. 2005-10-20 Geoscientists and educators take on antievolutionists (Say Evolutionists: 'Don't debate')
  9. 2005-10-20 Intelligent design not science: experts [70,000 Aussie Scientists liken I.D. to 'spoon bending']
  10. 2005-10-20 Kangaroo Court (Professor Michael Behe, appearing at the left's verision of the Scopes trial...)
  11. 2005-10-20 The Republican War on Science
  12. 2005-10-20 UCSD Study Shows 'Junk' DNA Has Evolutionary Importance (Evolutionists don't get it)
  13. 2005-10-19 Anti-ID stance is good old intolerance again
  14. 2005-10-19 Behe backs off 'mechanisms' [Cross exam in Dover Evolution trial, 19 October]
  15. 2005-10-18 Alternative Theory to Evolution Sparks Debate
  16. 2005-10-18 Evidence of Swimming Dinosaur Found
  17. 2005-10-18 Harvard researcher ready to wash her hands of space aliens
  18. 2005-10-18 Professor [Behe]: Design not creationism [Evolution trial, 18 October]
  19. 2005-10-18 "Rape, Evolution, and ""Right to Life"""
  20. 2005-10-18 Scientists Study Gorilla Who Uses Tools
  21. 2005-10-17 Cyborg cells sense humidity
  22. 2005-10-17 'Hobbit' tools found near remains
  23. 2005-10-17 Ichthyosaur bones found off U.K. coast
  24. 2005-10-17 Intelligent Design is not Science (Kenneth Miller Speaks at Lehigh)
  25. 2005-10-17 Jurassic Bark: Tree Thought Extinct Returned to the World
  26. 2005-10-17 New Planetoid Discovery Sets Off Feud
  27. 2005-10-17 Prof Speaks at 'Intelligent Design' Trial
  28. 2005-10-17 "Scientists Back Dover - [85 scientists request scientists, not Judges, to define ""science""]"
  29. 2005-10-17 Spitzer's Stunning Portrait of Andromeda
  30. 2005-10-17 Supernova Storm Wiped Out Mammoths?
  31. 2005-10-17 Tracks of Swimming Dinosaur Found in Wyoming
  32. 2005-10-17 University separates itself from professor in Dover intelligent design suit
  33. 2005-10-16 An Open Letter Concerning Religion and Science
  34. 2005-10-16 Bad Frog Beer to 'intelligent design'
  35. 2005-10-16 Evolution debate unchanged over time
  36. 2005-10-16 Grown Man in the Stellar Crib: Now What? (Discoveries require rewriting the Astronomy books)
  37. 2005-10-16 Museums take up evolution challenge
  38. 2005-10-16 "Museums take up evolution challenge (because ""biology classes have faltered"")"
  39. 2005-10-16 Pa. professor [Behe] to testify in landmark case [Dover evolution trial, 16 Oct]
  40. 2005-10-16 The Separation of the Church of Darwin and State
  41. 2005-10-15 God and global warming
  42. 2005-10-15 Tracing the whale’s trail [Evolution trial, daily thread for 15 Oct]

CrevoSci Warrior Freepdays for the month of October:
 

2005-10-12 Alice au Wonderland
2003-10-09 antiRepublicrat
2004-10-10 Antonello
1998-10-18 AZLiberty
1999-10-14 blam
2000-10-19 cogitator
2001-10-21 Coyoteman
2004-10-26 curiosity
1998-10-29 Dataman
2000-10-29 dila813
2005-10-07 Dinobot
2004-10-13 DoctorRansom
2001-10-14 dread78645
2005-10-14 EasyBOven
1998-10-03 Elsie
1998-10-17 f.Christian
2002-10-08 FairOpinion
2001-10-26 Genesis defender
2000-10-09 Gil4
2000-10-08 guitarist
2005-10-01 holeinchilada
2004-10-10 joeclarke
1998-10-03 js1138
2001-10-24 k2blader
2001-10-22 kanawa
2000-10-08 LibWhacker
2002-10-25 m1-lightning
2001-10-10 Michael_Michaelangelo
2001-10-09 Mother Abigail
2004-10-25 MRMEAN
2004-10-03 Nicholas Conradin
1999-10-28 PatrickHenry
1998-10-01 Physicist
2003-10-19 Pipeline
1998-10-25 plain talk
1998-10-12 Restorer
2005-10-04 ret_medic
2001-10-23 RightWingNilla
2005-10-08 SmoothTalker
2004-10-09 snarks_when_bored
1998-10-04 Southack
2002-10-22 sumocide
2004-10-21 WildHorseCrash
2001-10-23 yankeedame
2002-10-20 Z in Oregon
1998-10-29 zebra 2

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dob
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general_re
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gore3000
Jedigirl
JesseShurun
Kevin Curry
kharaku
Le-Roy
Marathon
medved
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Modernman
NoKinToMonkeys
Ogmios
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Phaedrus
Phoroneus
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ret_medic
RickyJ
SeaLion
Selkie
Shubi
Tomax
tpaine
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100 posted on 10/21/2005 12:18:31 PM PDT by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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