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Intelligent Design to be topic

Intelligent Design and whether it’s a legitimate alternative to evolutionary theory will be the focus of a seminar on Friday, Oct. 21.

Elliott Sober, Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, will examine the relationship between Intelligent Design theory and the Argument from Design that has long been used as evidence for the existence of God. He will present what he regards as the strongest version of the Argument from Design and what he considers its fatal flaw.

Sober has made numerous foundational contri-butions at the interface between philosophy and evolutionary theory. He and David Sloan Wilson, a professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University, are co-authors of Unto Others — The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (Harvard Univer-sity Press, 1998).

The theory of Intelligent Design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things could not have come about without an intelligent cause. The concept, the teaching of which is at the heart of a Pennsylvania court case, contradicts Darwin’s theory of evolution. That concept rests on the unguided process of natural selection.

The Evolutionary Studies program and Philosophy Department are co-hosting the seminar, which will begin at 4 p.m. in LH-9. For more details, visit current.htm.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08