I really think Kenneth Miller deserves his very own thread. I apologize if there has already been a recent topic about him that I've missed.
I think this presentation fits nicely here because Ken Miller is Eugenie Scott's religious right hand man.
JudyV has restated numerous times how much Ken Miller is a great contributor regarding the truthfulness of evolution and the falsehood of creation as science. Now this video is long but it is worth dissecting by someone who wants to see what prominent evolutionists focus on in their arguments. Through the strawmen and the bogus concepts any person interested in this topic should be able to watch this and see the problems:
I think Dr. Miller is a good speaker who is able to get his point across with gentle humor, and none of the sarcasm I'm so famous for around here. But that's not why I like him.
Here's an excerpt I've transcribed from the youtube video which I especially like. It starts at around the 10:00 mark, and I've edited it a little, and edited out a tangent, but otherwise I've tried to stay true to the gist of it. I transcribed it to make it easier for all of you to rip it to shreds, instead of what I usually see, which is unsubstantiated arguments about strawmen and bogus concepts and the like. Enjoy:
About 4 years ago a county in Georgia thought that the new biology books they had bought were so dangerous in their treatment of evolution that they needed warning stickers on them.Â I thought you might be interested in what textbook was so dangerous and so outrageous that it needed a warning sticker so I thought I might bring you a picture, and thereâ€™s the book [on screen is a copy of Dr. Millerâ€™s own Biology textbook].Â And this is the warning sticker:
â€œThis textbook contains material about evolution.Â Evolution is a theory not a fact, regarding the origin of living things.Â This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.â€
When this sticker went on the book, I was called by a reporter from the Atlanta Journal Constitution who said, â€œWhat did you think of that sticker on your book?â€Â I had talked to enough reporters to realize that she was trolling for a quote.Â She wanted to write an article that said â€œAuthor Outragedâ€ or â€œAuthor Slams Boardâ€ so they could say that a Northeastern liberal Ivy League author was outraged at what Cobb County was doing to his books, and I decided to have a little fun, and I said, â€œNo, I like the stickers.Â I think the stickers are great.Â They just donâ€™t go far enough.â€
Now what do I mean by that?Â The book does have material about evolution, but a biology textbook has material about a lot of topics.Â Why single out evolution?Â â€œEvolution is a theory.â€Â It certainly is, but when you say itâ€™s a theory, not a fact, it makes it sound like theories and facts are opposite things.Â As if, weâ€™re really sure of facts, but weâ€™re not so sure of theories.Â In fact, theory in science is a higher level of understanding than a fact, because what theories do, is they explain facts; they unite them.Â As I pointed out to this reporter, if you went to the University of Georgia, and you studied atomic physics, youâ€™d take a course in atomic theory.Â There is no time in the future when they will change the name of that course to â€œAtomic Fact.â€Â Because thatâ€™s not what atomic theory is about.Â Atomic theory is a system of explanation that explains tens of thousands of facts about the nature of matter.Â And thatâ€™s what evolutionary theory is like too.
But when you get right down to it, the sentence that bothered me the most was actually the third one.Â You know what that third sentence says to a 14 year old?Â It says â€œWe are certain about every single thing in this bookâ€¦.except evolution.â€Â So you donâ€™t need an open mind to study biochemistry, we donâ€™t have to critically consider ecology, or cell biology, or human physiology.Â In reality, if I had a chance to rewrite the sticker Iâ€™d rewrite it like this:
â€œThis textbook contains material on science.Â Science is built on theories, which are strongly supported by factual evidence.Â Everything about science should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.â€