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sabato 8 gennaio 2011

THE MILLER/MORRIS DEBATE (1981) available on the net

This piece of info from the NCSE is very useful. In light of my project, it's noteworthy that Miller's religious approach is an obvious target. Not that one has to "convince" him of the falseness of his beliefs, but the way in which he shapes it, clearly allowing him to be such a fine defender of evolution against creationism, is the kind of "strong(er) argument for religion" that has to be fought against in order to prepare the ground for a world free from religion.
Obviously it has to be fought against in an intelligent way (as opposed to a "dicky way"!) not only because this man is an ally in another segment of the battle for reason, but also because doing so will mean that a deeper understanding of his motives must be attained. This is not a cop out, or an attempt to find a common ground with religious people in the spirit of NOMA or something like that, quite the contrary.
If Darwinism (here used as a shorthand for "skeptical way of thinking") is a "universal acid" that leaves nothing unscathed, no rational chemist would just splatter it all over the place at random. Its use must be thoughtful and well-timed, not to mention in the right place...

A debate on evolution versus creationism at Brown University in 1981 was so popular that the event had to be held in the largest building on campus -- a hockey rink. There's no need for skates and sticks, though: the debate between Kenneth R. Miller and Henry M. Morris is now available from NCSE. A transcript is posted on NCSE's website, and the complete audio, with illustrations, is posted on NCSE's YouTube channel.

The debate was memorable for both participants. In a 2000 review of Miller's Finding Darwin's God (HarperCollins, 1999), Morris wrote, "He was clearly the most superficially convincing protagonist against creationism I ever encountered in my more than 30 creation/evolution debates," while Miller often -- as in the Brown alumni magazine in 2005 -- credits the debate with inspiring his passion for the creationism/evolution controversy.

NCSE is grateful to Kenneth R. Miller and Henry Morris III of the Institute for Creation Research for their permission to post the debate and the transcript, and to Robert L. Camp, Richard B. Hoppe III, Jason Rosenhouse, and Christopher Nedin for helping to transcribe the debate. At NCSE, Glenn Branch compiled and proofread the transcript, Robert Luhn processed the audio, and Steven Newton selected the YouTube illustrations.

For the transcript, visit:

For the audio version, visit:

For Morris's review of Miller's book, visit:

For the story in the Brown alumni magazine, visit: 

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