Discovery Institute

Bibliography of Supplementary Resources For Ohio Science Instruction


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NOTE: On Monday, 11 March 2002, Stephen Meyer and Jonathan Wells of the Discovery Institute submitted the following Bibliography of Supplementary Resources to the Ohio State Board of Education. These 44 scientific publications represent important lines of evidence and puzzles that any theory of evolution must confront, and that science teachers and students should be allowed to discuss when studying evolution. The publications are not presented either as support for the theory of intelligent design, or as indicating that the authors cited doubt evolution. Discovery Institute has made every effort to ensure that the annotated summaries accurately reflect the central arguments of the publications.

The following scientific articles, papers, and monographs are drawn from leading journals in the respective disciplines represented: e.g., Cell (for molecular biology), Nature and Science (for general science), Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics (for evolutionary biology), or from prominent university presses (e.g., Cambridge University Press). The publications represent dissenting viewpoints that challenge one or another aspect of neo-Darwinism (the prevailing theory of evolution taught in biology textbooks), discuss problems that evolutionary theory faces, or suggest important new lines of evidence that biology must consider when explaining origins.

Over half of the papers listed below were published within the past 2-3 years, with the remainder published throughout the 1990s. The resources are organized in three broad categories: (a) Questions of Pattern, (b) Questions of Process, and (c) Questions about the Central Issue: the Origin and Nature of Biological Complexity. “Pattern” concerns the large-scale geometry of biological history: how are organisms related to each other, and how do we know that? “Process” concerns the mechanisms of evolution, and open problems in that area. Lastly, “Biological Complexity” concerns the origin of what makes organisms distinctively what they are: the source of the specified complexity of biological information.

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File Date: 04.07.02