Kenneth R. Miller

Kenneth R. Miller

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Kenneth R. Miller (born 1948) is a biology professor at Brown University. Miller, who is Roman Catholic, is particularly known for his opposition to creationism, including the intelligent design movement. He has written two books on the subject. The first, "", argues that a belief in evolution is compatible with a belief in God. In "Only a Theory", his second on the subject, explores ID and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District as well as its implications in science across America.


Kenneth Miller graduated from Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey before going on to attend Brown University. Miller received his Sc.B. in Biology from Brown University in 1970 and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Colorado in 1974.cite news | url= | title=Ken Miller: Molecular, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry | publisher=Brown University |date= 2008 | first= | last= | accessdate =2008-06-17] From 1974 to 1980, he taught at Harvard University. His research involves problems of structure and function in biological membranes, often involving electron microscopy.

cience advocacy

Miller has proudly voiced his support for what he calls "pro-science" candidates in politics. He has actively campaigned for school board and education candidates who support the teaching of evolution in Kansas and Ohio. In the science community, he has sought to elevate the understanding of scientists of the roots of the creationist movement, and to encourage the popularization of scientific concepts.

Miller has appeared in court as a witness, and on panels debating the teaching of intelligent design in schools. In 2002, the Ohio State Board of Education held a public debate between two scientists, including Miller, and two proponents of intelligent design. [cite web |url= |title=Goodbye, Columbus< |accessdate=2007-09-20 |author=Ken Miller ] He testified for the plaintiffs, but only as a fact witness not as an expert, in "Selman v. Cobb County", testing the legality of stickers calling evolution a "theory, not a fact" that were placed on the biology textbook Miller authored. In 2005, the judge ruled that the stickers violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution [cite web |url= |title=Victory in Cobb County |accessdate=2007-09-20|date=January 13, 2005|publisher=National Center for Science Education January 13, 2005] [cite web |url= |title=Judge: Evolution stickers unconstitutional |accessdate=2007-09-20|date=January 14, 2005 |work= |publisher=CNN] . This decision was vacated on appeal because of missing records of the previous trial. The case was remanded for additional evidentiary inquiry and new findings, and a list of factual issues that the court would probably want to address included as item 15 a reference to Miller's testimony regarding “the colloquial or popular understanding of the term [theory] ” and the suggested question as to whether he has any qualifications to testify as an expert on the popular meaning of the word "theory". [ [ Selman, et. al. vs. Cobb County Board of Education] May 25, 2006] The case was remanded back to the lower court and was eventually settled out of court. Miller was also the plaintiff's lead expert witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, challenging the school board's mandate to incorporate intelligent design into the curriculum. The judge in that case also ruled decisively in favor of the plaintiffs.

In 2006 the American Society for Cell Biology gave him a Public Service Award. [ [ Forrest, Miller to receive ASCB Public Service Awards] ASCB Newsletter, July 2006. Note: slow link] The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) also recognized Miller for his contribution to the public education of evolution in the United States. Miller also appeared at the 2006 Dwight H. Terry Lectureship at Yale, delivering a lecture entitled "Darwin, God, and Dover: What the Collapse of 'Intelligent Design' Means for Science and for Faith in America."

Miller is popularly known for his appearances on The Colbert Report. [cite web |url= |title=Prof. Ken Miller: life as science's media darling |accessdate=2007-09-20 |author=Chaz Firestone |date=2007-09-20 |work= |publisher=Brown Daily Herald] [cite news | url= | title=Ken Miller on Science Friday and Colbert Report | publisher=National Center for Science Education | date= June 13, 2008 | first= | last= | accessdate = 2008-10-18] Most recently Miller was interviewed in June 2008 on The Colbert Report discussing his latest book "Only a Theory". [cite news | url= | title=Ken Miller | publisher=The Colbert Report |date= June 16, 2008 | first= | last= | accessdate =2008-06-17]

He also speaks at conferences, notably the Skeptics Society's "Origins Conference" in October 2008 with Nancey Murphy, Hugh Ross, Leonard Susskind, Sean Carroll, Paul Davies, Christof Koch, Nancey Murphy, Donald Prothero, and Victor J. Stenger. [cite news | url= | title=Origins Conference October 3–4, 2008 | publisher=Skeptics Society |date=2008 | first= | last= | accessdate =2008-10-10 ]


* Miller, K.R. (2008) "" ISBN 978-0670018833
* Miller, K.R. (2000) "" ISBN 0-06-093049-7
* Miller, K.R. and Levine, J. (2002) "Biology: The Living Science" (Various editions of high school textbook.)

ee also

* Creation and evolution in public education


External links

* [ Faculty homepage]
* [ "Teaching Evolution" Debate] on NPR November 19, 2004
* [ Firing Line Creation-Evolution Debate] December 4, 1997
* [ Video Lecture: Ken Miller on Paley in a Test Tube]
* [ Ken Miller at the Dwight H. Terry Lectureship] at Yale University September 14, 2006
* [ BAM: The Evolution of Ken Miller, Features, November/December 2005]
* [ Interview with Ken Miller] Jan 26, 2007, and [ Debate] with PZ Myers May 10, 2007 on The Inoculated Mind
* at Case Western University

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