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Creationism's Trojan HorseThe Wedge of Intelligent Design$
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Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.001.0001

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Creationism's Trojan Horse

Barbara Forrest

Paul R. Gross

Oxford University Press

Phase I of the intelligent design movement’s strategy as outlined in the Wedge Document is devoted to “Scientific Research, Writing & Publicity.” The Discovery Institute provides lucrative fellowships for the support of such research. This chapter assesses the credentials of the scientists who are named in the document as the movement’s lead researchers. Paul Chien and Douglas Axe are designated as the heads of the movement’s research programs in paleontology and molecular biology, respectively. However, a careful survey of Axe’s and Chien’s scientific research and publications yields nothing that supports intelligent design. Further, an exhaustive survey of scientific databases yielded no scientific articles supporting intelligent design. The chapter presents the results of these surveys. Chien is discussed in more detail in Chapter 4.

Keywords:   Discovery Institute, Wedge Document, Douglas Axe, Paul Chien, molecular biology, paleontology, database survey

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