According to a deposition by Foundation for Thought and Ethics founder Jon A. Buell, Dr. Michael Behe is listed as a co-author of the 2005 edition of Pandas, entitled Design of Life. Behe, of course, denied this on Tuesday, but said he “might be in the future.” The FTE publicity materials should probably be corrected, then.
Unlike the defense counsel, Judge Jones thought the text of the new edition to be “highly relevant” to the case.
Like a moving target, the language in Design of Life will ‘evolve’ from the 1993 and 1987 Pandas incarnations, which dropped the term creationism in favor of ID. Both books explore the gaps in the fossil record, which the theory claims are not just gaps in the record, but actual gaps or “transitional links.”
The new edition omits the terms intelligent design and intelligent agency and replaces them both with “sudden emergence,” meaning that “various forms of life began abruptly [with] features already intact: fish [suddenly emerging with] fins and scales, birds with feathers” and, as the new edition adds, “mammals with fur and mammary glands.”
So, Rothschild inquired, will we “be back in a few years for the sudden emergence trial?”
Judge Jones responded: “Not on my docket.”
Submitted by Amy Laura Cahn, Community Education Organizer