Searching for the Science

Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

in Creationism's Trojan Horse

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157420
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894000 | DOI:
Searching for the Science

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Phase I of the intelligent design movement’s strategy as outlined in the Wedge Document is devoted to “Scientific Research, Writing & Publicity.” The Discovery Institute provides lucrative fellowships for the support of such research. This chapter assesses the credentials of the scientists who are named in the document as the movement’s lead researchers. Paul Chien and Douglas Axe are designated as the heads of the movement’s research programs in paleontology and molecular biology, respectively. However, a careful survey of Axe’s and Chien’s scientific research and publications yields nothing that supports intelligent design. Further, an exhaustive survey of scientific databases yielded no scientific articles supporting intelligent design. The chapter presents the results of these surveys. Chien is discussed in more detail in Chapter 4.

Keywords: Discovery Institute; Wedge Document; Douglas Axe; Paul Chien; molecular biology; paleontology; database survey

Chapter.  5658 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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