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Dear colleagues:

 

The issue of “Intelligent Design” has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Local interest in this issue spawned a recent panel discussion “Intelligent Design: in your classroom?” sponsored by the student group, U of I Freethinkers. The substantial attendance and lively discussion at this event indicates a strong interest by the University of Iowa community in this important topic.

 

You may be aware that 120+ of our colleagues at Iowa State University recently signed a statement denouncing Intelligent Design as having no scientific basis <http://www.biology.iastate.edu/STATEMENT.htm> This statement was reported widely (e.g. <http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/08/2005082605n.htm>) and has spurred many other such statements from across the country. In particular, 100+ faculty at the University of Northern Iowa have released a very similar statement <http://faculty.cns.uni.edu/~demastes/UNI_statement.htm> in which they join the ISU faculty in rejecting Intelligent Design as science.

 

In an effort to stand united with our colleagues at the other Iowa Regents Universities on this critical issue, we propose a similar statement from interested faculty at the University of Iowa. This statement derives substantially from those signed by our colleagues at ISU and UNI:

 

We, the undersigned faculty members at the University of Iowa, join our colleagues from Iowa State University (<http://www.biology.iastate.edu/STATEMENT.htm>) and the University of Northern Iowa (<http://faculty.cns.uni.edu/~demastes/UNI_statement.htm>) in rejecting all attempts to represent Intelligent Design as a scientific endeavor.

 

Advocates of Intelligent Design claim the position of our planet and the complexity of particular life forms and processes are such that they may only be explained by the existence of a creator or designer of the universe.

 

Such claims, however, are premised on: 1) religious commitment rather than a serious effort to produce a hypothesis that is cogently reasoned and competitive with modern evolutionary biology in scope, explanatory power, and productivity of a rich array of research questions; 2) assumptions about the wishes and desires of the designer that are not independently verifiable and generate almost no predictions; and 3) an abandonment of methodological naturalism.

 

Methodological naturalism, the view that natural phenomena can be explained without reference to supernatural beings or events is, by far, historically the most successful research strategy of the natural sciences.  The goal of science is to form hypotheses to explain the natural world around us.  Scientific hypotheses must be falsifiable and tested by the evaluation of evidence obtained through observation and experimentation.  The history of science contains many instances where complex natural phenomena were eventually understood only by adherence to methodological naturalism. However, we know of no instance in which a competition between two theories, one naturalistic and the other supernaturalistic, has been in the end won by the latter.

 

Whether one believes in a creator or not, views regarding a supernatural creator have not been developed by defenders of Intelligent Design in a manner that brings the hypothesis within the scope or abilities of good science. We, therefore, urge all faculty members to uphold the integrity of our university, and convey to students and the general public the importance of methodological naturalism in science and reject efforts to portray Intelligent Design as science.

 

If you would like to sign the statement, please send the following information to:

idstatement@gmail.com

 

Your Name

Your Title

Your Department(s)

Your email (for verification only; will not be included in document)

 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter and please forward this message to other interested colleagues.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Logsdon, Biology

Mark Blumberg, Psychology

Scott Robinson, Psychology

Tara Smith, Epidemiology

Evan Fales, Philosophy

Jonathan Adrain, Geosciences

Russell Ciochon, Anthropology

 

Signatories so far (as of Nov 14, 2005)

 

Adrienne Carey Hurley

Assistant Professor

Department of Asian Languages and Literature

 

Alan F. Nagel

Professor (Emeritus)

Department of English

 

Alan J. Christensen

Professor

Departments of Psychology and Internal Medicine

 

Alan Kay

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Alberto Maria Segre

Professor and Associate Chair

Department of Computer Science

 

Alice Atkinson  

Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Amy Poremba

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Andrew Hollingworth

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Ann F. Budd

Professor

Department of Geoscience

 

Barbara Stay

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Beth Ingram

Professor

Department of Economics

 

Bob McMurray

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Brian C Schutte

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

 

Brooks Landon

Professor

Department of English

 

Bruce Fehn

Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Bryant McAllister

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

C Michael Knudson

Associate Professor

Department of Pathology

 

Chi-Lien Cheng

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Christine Novak

Associate Clinical Professor

Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

 

Christopher A. Brochu

Assistant Professor

Department of Geoscience

 

Christopher Stipp

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Christopher Turner

Professor

Departments of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Otolarygology

 

Claire Sponsler

Professor

Department of English

 

Curt D. Sigmund

Professor

Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics

 

Damien Ihrig

Program Administrator

The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center

 

David R. Soll

Carver/Emil Witschi Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

David W. Peate

Assistant Professor

Department of Geoscience

 

David Watson

F. Wendell Miller Professor

Department of Psychology

 

David Weiss

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology

 

Debashish Bhattacharya

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Debra L. Johnson

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Dennis Roseman

Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Don C. Fowles

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Doug Allaire

Education Media Consultant

College of Education

 

Douglas C. Baynton

Associate Professor

Departments of History and Speech Pathology and Audiology

 

Douglas W. Jones

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

Edward A. Wasserman

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Eliot Hazeltine

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Elizabeth Heineman

Associate Professor

Department of History

 

Ellen Lewin

Professor

Departments of Women's Studies and Anthropology

 

Eric Gidal

Associate Professor

Department of English

 

Erika Lawrence

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Erin Irish

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Eugene Spaziani

Emeritus Professor of Biology

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Eva Klohnen

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Evan Fales

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

 

Fred Gerr

Professor

Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

 

Frederick Domann

Associate Professor

Department of Radiation Oncology

 

Gabriele Ludewig

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

 

Gail Boldt

Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Gary Gussin

Professor

Department of Biology

 

Geb Thomas

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

 

Geoffrey McLennan

Professor

Departments of Medicine, Bioengineering and Radiology

 

Gina Bloom

Assistant Professor

Department of English

 

Gregg Oden

Professor

Departments of Psychology and Computer Science

 

Gregory Landini

Professor

Department of Philosophy

 

Hallie J. Sims

Assistant Professor

Department of Geosciences

 

Henry Paulson

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

 

Huston Diehl

Professor and Collegiate Fellow

Department of English

 

Jack Lilien

Professor and Chair

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Jack T. Stapleton

Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

 

Jacob O. Sines

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology

 

James N. Marchman

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Jane Cranston

Instructor

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Jason Telford

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

 

Jeffrey C. Murray

Professor

Department of Pediatrics

 

Jeffrey Denburg

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Jeffry Schabilion

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Jennifer Glass

Professor

Department of Sociology

 

Jim Jung-Ching Lin

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Jodie Plumert

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Joel N. Kline

Professor

Department of Medicine

 

Johanna Schoen

Associate Professor

Departments of History and Women's Studies

 

John F. Knutson

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

John Freeman

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

 

John M. Logsdon

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

John P. Spencer

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

 

John R. Menninger

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Jon Ringen

Professor

Literature, Science, and the Arts

 

Jonathan M. Adrain

Associate Professor

Department of Geoscience

 

Jonathan W. Heusel

Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology

 

Josep M Comeron

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Joseph Frankel

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Joshua A. Weiner

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Joshua S. Rodefer

Assistant Research Scientist

Department of Psychology

 

Joyce L. Moore

Associate Professor

Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

 

Karin A. Southard

Professor

Department of Orthodontics

 

Karla K. McGregor

Associate Professor

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

 

Katherine Mathews

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

 

Kathryn F. Whitmore

Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Kathryn Gerken

Director of Training and Internship Coordinator

Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

 

Kendall Atkinson

Professor Emeritus

Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science

 

Laird Addis

Professor Emeritus

Department of Philosophy

 

Larissa Samuelson

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Larry W. Robertson

Professor

Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

 

Laurie J. Croft

Administrator, Professional Development

The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center

 

Lee Anna Clark

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Lee-Ann Allen

Associate Professor

Departments of Internal Medicine and Microbiology

 

Leslie A. Schwalm

Associate Professor

Departments of History and Women's Studies

 

Lilach Hadany

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Linda Fielding

Associate Dean, Teacher Education

College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Linda K. Kerber             

May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of History

 

Linda Maxson

Dean and UI Alumni Association Chair

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

 

Linda McCarter

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology

 

Lisa M. Oakes

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Lola Lopes

Associate Provost and Professor

Departments of Management & Organizations and Psychology

 

M. Todd Washington

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry

 

Mario Ascoli

Professor

Department of Pharmacology

 

Mark Peterson

Associate Professor

Department of History

 

Mark Reagan

Associate Professor

Department of Geoscience

 

Mark S. Blumberg

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Martin D. Cassell

Professor

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

 

Matthew Howard

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

 

Michael Feiss

Professor

Department of Microbiology

 

Michael Henry

Associate Professor

Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and Pathology

 

Michael Shasby

Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

 

Minnetta V. Gardinier

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacology

 

Nazan Aksan

Adjunct Faculty

Department of Psychology

 

Pamela K. Keel

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Paul Greenough

Professor

Department of History

 

Paul Windschitl

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Peter E. Nathan

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Peter Thorne

Professor

Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

 

Philip H. Heckel

Professor

Department of Geoscience

 

R. David Arkush

Professor

Department of History

 

Ralph Keen

Associate Professor

Department of Religious Studies

 

Robert A. Cornell

Assistant Professor

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

 

Robert E. Malone

Professor

Department of Biology

 

Robert Thunhorst

Research Scientist

Department of Psychology

 

Robert van Deusen

Instructor

Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Roumyana Slabakova

Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics

 

Russell L. Ciochon

Professor

Department of Anthropology

 

Sarah Buss

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

 

Sarah Hanley

Professor

Departments of History and Law

 

Scott Moye-Rowley

Professor

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

 

Scott R. Robinson

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Shaun Vecera

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Sriram Pemmaraju

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

Stephen D. Hendrix

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Stephen G. Bloom

Professor

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

 

Steven Green

Associate Professor

Departments of Biological Sciences and Otolaryngology

 

Steven J Luck

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

Steven M. Levy

Wright-Bush-Shreves Professor of Research

Departments of Preventive & Community Dentistry and Epidemiology

 

Susan C. Lawrence

Associate Professor

Departments of History and Anatomy and Cell Biology

 

Tamara Ho

Assistant Professor

Departments of Women's Studies and English

 

Tara C. Smith

Assistant Professor

Department of Epidemiology

 

Teresa Mangum

Associate Professor

Departments of English and International Programs

 

Thomas K Shires

Professor

Department of Pharmacology

 

Tom Simmons

Associate Professor

Department of English

 

Tom Southard

Professor and Chair

Department of Orthodontics

 

Veronica J. Vieland

Professor & Head

Departments of  Public Health Genetics and Psychiatry

 

Warren Darling

Associated Professor

Department of Exercise Science

 

Wei-yeh Wang

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

 

William D. Davies

Professor

Department of Linguistics

 

William H. Klink

Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

 

William M. Nauseef

Professor

Departments of Medicine and Microbiology