This morning, the defendants’ counsel, Thomas More Law Center’s Robert Muise, completed their cross examination of biology professor Kenneth Miller. Miller was questioned about his knowledge of several well known scientists, including Francis Crick (of double helix fame), evolutionary scientist Stephen Jay Gould and paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson, “one of the founders of the ‘modern synthesis’ of evolution.”
Miller established his extensive knowledge of said scientists – Gould was a personal friend. Miller was aware that Crick was a Nobel Laurate. – and their theories. The questioning, then, jumped to a discussion on NASA and its search for extra terrestrial life life, as well as questions about whether Miller felt Crick’s theory contained supernatural undercurrents. Muise appeared to be implying that other credible scientists have made statements that could be interpretted as having some elements tied to the supernatural.
When questioned about this in the plaintiff’s redirect, Miller stated “just because scientists say something doesn’t make it scientific.”
Submitted by Jamie Mullen, legal assistant, ACLU of PA