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#5: The Debate about Intelligent Design
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Final paper due date: Friday,
December 4, 5 p.m., Dr. Jadwin's office (note change)
First draft due: in class,
Topic: summarize, providing evidence and appropriate citations
for all quotations and paraphrased ideas, the debate on the teaching of "intelligent
design" as an alternative to evolutionary theory in public-school natural-science
classrooms. You will need to provide summaries of both theories (1-2 paragraphs
each) and then contrast the differences between the two arguments. While your
paper should have a clear thesis (you can take a position pro/con in either direction)
it must include an accurate consideration of both sides of the argument. In class
on November 30, we will go over forms of citation.
videotape of the panel is available at Lavery Library (ask at the Circulation
desk if you would like to view it). Additional resources (some handed out in class)
York Times article on Dover, PA school board election (pdf file)
York Times article on Kansas City school board decision (pdf file)
York Times article, Evolution and Its Discontents (pdf file)
Intelligent Design (website)
Wikipedia guide: Evolutionary
that you should understand within the context of the debate about intelligent
design/evolutionary theory (review your notes from panel discussion/look up in
dictionary or on the internet by November 30):
the difference betweeen accepting and believing
way of knowing
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