Project #195960 - NOVA: Intelligent Design on Trial

Science Tutors

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/12/2017 12:00 pm

This link will send you to the homepage for the movie "Intelligent Design on Trial" which you will need to watch in order to complete your assignment this week. Be aware: the movie is 2 hours long, so plan accordingly.

From the website: "In this two-hour special, NOVA captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in one of the latest battles over teaching evolution in public schools. Featuring trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants, including expert scientists and Dover parents, teachers, and town officials, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" follows the celebrated federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District."


Watch NOVA – Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial:

Please write a paragraph response to the following questions.

  1. According to the video, why did Judge Jones rule that Intelligent Design is not science? What evidence was there to support this ruling – you should cite at least 2 examples. Your answer should include what science is and what it relies on. Don’t include your opinion in this answer.
  2. Do you think that Judge Jones was right in ruling that the Dover School Board was acting with religious motives? Why is this considered unconstitutional? What evidence was there to support this ruling?
  3. This question is purely for my curiosity and you won’t be graded based on your opinion. Do you think that Judge Jones was right in ruling that Intelligent Design is not a science? Why or why not?

You should compose your answers in a word document named IntelligentDesignonTrial_LastnameFirstname.


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