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- - “As for the Kitzmiller v Dover trial, the shining lights of ID had their say in court. They had the chance to educate Judge Jones and the public. Dr. Michael Behe, who wrote that his discovery of "irreducible complexity" places him among the ranks of scientists like Newton, Lavoisier and Darwin, had his chance to illustrate the greatness of his discovery to the Judge.”
First, he claimed no exclusivity in the work. He ranked the ‘cumulative effort’ as significant. Citation, emphasis mine:
- - “The result of these CUMULATIVE EFFORTS to investigate the cell - to investigate life at the molecular level, is a loud, piercing cry of "design!" The result is so unambiguous and so significant that it must be ranked as one of the greatest achievements in the history of science. The discovery rivals those of Newton and Einstein, Lavoisier and Schroedinger, Pasteur and Darwin …
… the magnitude of the victory, gained at such great cost through SUSTAINED EFFORTS over the course of DECADES … (PG 232,233)
And moreover, do you expect one man to defend a scientific concept, when faced with a legal barrage of that caliber?
• Leading the witness, with questions like “Under that same definition astrology is a scientific theory under your definition, correct?” When he conceded that it was an archaic theory, and not one to consider today, he was later extensively quote-mined, leaving off his disclaimer and thereby degrading his alleged perusal of science.
• Theatrics by piling a stack of books on the table in front of him, which caused him to have to peer around it, making unsubstantiated claims for their content, and garnering chuckles from the gallery.
• And frankly, grilling him intensively on a variety of historic and current scientific issues.
You claim that - - “He failed. His arguments failed, and his evidence failed.“
Gee, I can’t wait to see Lawrence Krause defend the Big Bang Theory in a Court of Law
Truly, is that the way science is assessed? I’ve heard that the US is lawyer crazy, and in a way, this proves it.
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