Gordy Slack interview

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Gordy Slack was on the radio in the Bay Area yesterday and the show is now online. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet but I’m sure it was good, since Gordy is quite a thoughtful guy. Gordy is also doing a reading at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave. SF, CA, on Monday, 7/16. 7:00 pm – I might go myself if I get the chance…

Fri, Jul 13, 2007 – 10:00 AM Author Gordy Slack Listen (RealMedia stream) Download (MP3)

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The show welcomes author Gordy Slack for a conversation focusing on his book, “The Battle over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design and a School Board in Dover, PA.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests: Gordy Slack , author of “The Battle over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design and a School Board in Dover, PA.”

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Gordy Slack: “it all started in the late 1990’s when a very conservative , sort of ‘old Dover’ faction, began to take over the school board. And it was very…when I say ‘old Dover’, i mean Dover as a community split between newcomers who are commuters to Harrisburg…” Iverson: “…the state capital…” Slack: “…the state capital of Pennsylvania…they say Pennsylvania has Phliadelphia in the East, and Pittsburgh in the West, and Alabama in between.”

LOL.

I’m sure it’s been said before, but I can’t resist: Give the anti-evolutionists some Slack.

Slack was marginally O.K., but he give the Discovery Institute far too much credit as honest seekers of knowledge.

Ivcrson is a milktoast sop who is far more interested in feel-good woo woo than reality.

Waldteufel, did you mean to say “milquetoast”? LOL!

waldteufel Wrote:

Slack was marginally O.K., but he give the Discovery Institute far too much credit as honest seekers of knowledge.

I was unable to access his talk, but IMO, almost everyone gives the Discovery Institute far too much credit as honest seekers of knowledge

waldteufel Wrote:

Slack was marginally O.K., but he give the Discovery Institute far too much credit as honest seekers of knowledge.

I was unable to access his talk, but IMO, almost everyone gives the Discovery Institute far too much credit as honest seekers of knowledge

Is this ID’s new thesis?

Re “Is this ID’s new thesis?”

Maybe note #188000 was an attempt at a cure for insomnia?

Henry

Wow. So I just junked a comment that was probably the all-time PT record holder for length, illucidity, crankiness, off-topicness, cussing, and general crazyness. It was pages long and totally uninterpretable…

Wow. So I just junked a comment that was probably the all-time PT record holder for length, illucidity, crankiness, off-topicness, cussing, and general crazyness. It was pages long and totally uninterpretable…

Not even the bathroom wall?

OT, I found Slack less than adamant in his opposition to creationism. (I also a very hard time staying awake. In fact, I couldn’t do it).

I thought hitting “junk” sent it to the BW. Anyway it had indications of just being some bizarre kind of computer spam rather than something worth discussing.

PS - Slack has what I would call “sympathy” for the ID guys, sympathy in the sort of academic sense. Kind of like the USSR nerds at the CIA during the Cold War.

Looks like I am going:

Announcement

Time: Monday, July 16, 2007 7:00 PM Location: Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, SF, 415-776-1111

Gordy Slack will discuss his book The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA, a riveting first-hand account that details six weeks of some of the most widely ranging, fascinating, and just plain surreal testimony in U.S. legal history— a battle between hard science and religious conservatives wishing to promote a new version of creationism in schools.

The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA(Hardcover (Cloth))

by Slack, Gordy Format: Hardcover (Cloth) Price: $24.95 Published: Jossey-Bass, 2007 Inventory Status: Usually Ships in 1-5 days

A compelling eyewitness account of the recent courtroom drama in Dover, Pennsylvania that put evolution on trial.

Journalist Gordy Slack offers a riveting, personal, and often amusing first-hand account that details six weeks of some of the most widely ranging, fascinating, and just plain surreal testimony in U.S. legal history— a battle between hard science and religious conservatives wishing to promote a new version of creationism in schools.

During the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Areas School Board trial, the members of the local school board defended their decision to require teachers to present intelligent design alongside evolution as an explanation for the origins and diversity of life on earth. The trial revealed much more than a disagreement about how to approach science education. It showed two essentially different and conflicting views of the world and the lengths some people will go to promote their own. The ruling by George W. Bush-appointed Judge John Jones III was unexpected in its stridency: Not only did he conclude that intelligent design was religion and not science and therefore had no place in a science classroom, he scolded the school board for wasting public time and money.

A sophisticated examination of the deep cultural, religious, and political tensions that continue to divide America, The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything is also journalist Gordy Slack’ s personal and engaging story of the high drama and unforgettable characters on both sides of the courtroom controversy.

Gordy Slack (Oakland, CA) has been writing about science and evolutionary biology for 15 years. He is a regular commentator on KQED, an affiliate of NPR, and his articles have appeared in Mother Jones, Salon.com, Wired, California Wild, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.

Meaning of everything?

Forty two.

:D

Henry

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