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Philosopher, evolution expert to discuss Darwin, intelligent design June 2 


ATHENS, Ohio (May 27, 2010) — Philosopher and evolution expert Elliot Sober will discuss Charles Darwin and intelligent design at noon on Wednesday, June 2, in the Ohio University Baker Center Ballroom as part of the Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies’ Kitzmiller Lecture Series.
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Sober, the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Evidence and Evolution – The Logic Behind the Science (2008) and nine other books about adaptation, natural selection and the philosophy, psychology and politics of evolutionary biology.

Sober will argue that evolution does not conflict with a belief in God, though it does clash with some religious claims, such as young Earth creationism. His talk also will address Darwin’s own views of creationism, the existence of God and Christianity.

The Kitzmiller Lecture Series is named in honor of the parents who sued the Dover school district in Pennsylvania in 2005 over the teaching of intelligent design in public schools as an alternative to evolution. The U.S. Court ruled that intelligent design is a form of creationism.

The Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies also sponsors the Darwin Lecture Series, which features talks about advances in evolutionary science. For more information about the center, visit: http://www.ocees.ohio.edu/.

Contact: Steve Reilly, (740) 593-0424, reilly@ohio.edu; Andrea Gibson, (740) 597-2166, gibsona@ohio.edu.