Kenneth Miller has been called “the public guardian of evolution in America.” In popular talks, he brilliantly defangs and debunks the Intelligent Design movement, which claims that evolution is “just a theory.” Miller turns contentious debate over evolution into an opportunity for greater public understanding about both science and religion.
“Intelligent Design is a science-stopper,” says Kenneth Miller. Eighty years after the notorious Scopes Monkey Trial, evolution is still under attack in America. A bestselling author, university professor and repeat guest on The Colbert Report, Miller deftly dismantles every claim put for by proponents of Intelligent Design. What is left, simply, is the truth and beauty of evolution—any why it matters. In offering the definitive, ironclad, and in its own way, beautiful, argument for the theory of evolution, Miller shows you how America can, and why it must, save its scientific soul.
Kenneth Miller is not an atheist. A scientist and a Roman Catholic, he believes God and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution can co-exist (read his bestseller Finding Darwin’s God for more.) Miller is a professor of biology at Brown—a Walt Whitman-quoting lecturer with a knack for getting across important points in a clear, often humorous manner. He’s the author of America’s most-used high school biology textbooks. He’s debated—and demolished—the most popular proponents of Intelligent Design and creationism in public forums. And he was the lead witness in the historic Dover “Intelligent Design” Trial. (His testimony—glowingly covered in The New Yorker was instrumental in the judge’s ruling that the local school board had no right to require teachers to offer ID as an alternative to evolution.) He was recently awarded the 2015 Presidential Citation by the National Science Teachers Association.
In his critically acclaimed 2008 book, Only a Theory, and in his talks, Kenneth Miller dissects the arguments of the Intelligent Design movement; despite wonky science, they have nonetheless succeeded in casting doubt on evolution to a largely unscientific public. Nothing less than America’s “soul”—its place as the world’s leading scientific nation—is at risk, says Miller. But he’s not pessimistic. He sees the national debate as an opportunity for public understanding—a moment when support for science can be redeemed. In offering the definitive, ironclad, and in its own way, beautiful, argument for the theory of evolution, Miller shows you how America can, and why it must, save its scientific soul.