Kenneth Miller, professor at Brown University and expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, replied to William A. âDivine Windâ Dembski this morning with some suggestions for good video. I know Iâd like to see it. Fortunately, he used âreply allâ in responding to Dembski, so I got it in my inbox. I thought that the PT community would like to see it, too, so I asked Prof. Miller if I could get his permission to post his email, and he kindly agreed. It is appended below the fold.
Thanks for the e-mail. Itâs great to see what sort of research the Intelligent Design movement is up to these days!
Iâd like to help you with the Judgeâs e-mail, but since I have never had any contact with him outside the courtroom, I have no idea what his e-mail might be. Iâm sure heâd be thrilled by the offer to remove âless flatteringâ sound effects, of course.
I do believe that I can help you with the video, though. As much as I enjoyed it, I was disappointed that it didnât include some of the more amusing events from the trial. Since youâve clearly got a little extra time on your hands, why not punch it up a bit with a few more highlights?
For example, how about Bill Buckingham claiming that he never mentioned the word âcreationism,â and then the video clip showing him doing exactly that? (I can send you the clip if you need it). Or Mike Behe peeking out from behind a stack of 58 papers, 9 books, and a couple of textbooks saying that even this isnât enough to convince him that the immune system evolved? Or, even better, your own DC spokesman for the Discovery Institute (Mark Ryland) claiming that the DI had âneverâ advocated the teaching of ID in schools, followed by Richard Thompson, in his own voice, waving a copy of Steve Meyerâs book which advocated exactly that? Iâve got that last one on a DVD if you like. Youâd love it, Bill - Richard brought down the house at the American Enterprise Institute with that one.
Or, even better, how about the stuff before the trial?
Why not show the pictures of the 8 ID experts who promised the Dover Board that they would be there in court to defend them? â¦ and then you can show 5 of the 8 running away at deposition time. Iâve even got a sound effects file I can send you of galloping horses, and maybe a scream or two in the background as the dreaded experts from the ACLU-friendly plaintiffs arrive?
Now that would be one heckuva animation!
Best Wishes for a Wonderful Christmas,
At 10:25 AM -0600 12/16/06, William A. Dembski wrote:
[Dembskiâs email snipped. â WRE]
â Kenneth R. Miller Professor of Biology Box G-B5 Brown University Providence, RI 02912
Iâll offer a trivial correction to Prof. Miller, in that while 5 ID experts dropped out before testifying, only 3 of those did so at deposition time: John Angus Campbell, William A. âDivine Windâ Dembski, and Stephen C. Meyer. Bruce Chapman apparently told the Discovery Institute affiliated experts that they shouldnât get involved in KvD, and those three appear to have complied with Chapmanâs wishes. Warren Nord and Dick M. Carpenter II saved their running away for during the trial itself â we have the depositions here and here, respectively. One may speculate upon why the Thomas More Law Center decided to do without their testimony. In Nordâs case, perhaps his insistence that religion should be a part of the educational curriculum despite what the Constitution and courts have said about that was recognized by the TMLC as shooting themselves in the foot, which would have been close to a first for them. (Recognizing it ahead of time, that is.) In Carpenterâs case, apparently TMLC figured out how dispensable Carpenterâs testimony was â several months after I had surmised as much.