First component: Watch PBS Nova (2007), Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (documentary film)Please use this link to access the reading (be ready to provide your library ID): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QttLGOGue4MRead: Martha Nussbaum (2008), Debating Evolution, in Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of Americas Tradition of Religious Equality. New York: Basic Books. (pp. 316-327) => click to downloadRead: Jon D. Mills, Eugenie C. Scott and Shinji Okamoto (2006), Public Acceptance of Evolution, Science 313: 765-766. => click to downloadSecond component: Compose your reflection essay (minimum of 400 words) and post it on the discussion boardYour reflection essay should respond to one of the following sets of discussion questions:What did you find important and/or interesting in the trial process, as reenacted in Judgment Day (e.g., the role of expert testimony)? Why? Nussbaum and the film address misunderstandings surrounding the term ‘theory’ (e.g., evolution is only a theory). Which definition of ‘scientific theory’ (endorsed by the readings or the film) did you find more (or less) convincing? What was found to be unconstitutional in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case? According to Judge Jones’ decision (as explained in the film and the Nussbaum reading), how was the Establishment Clause violated? What are the steps that Nussbaum suggests would help to moderate the controversy around teaching evolution? Do you agree?
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