Ken Miller is an amazing scientist, person, and defender of evolution. He was the main voice for evolution on the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial, where the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID) in public schools was deemed unconstitutional. I have watched a few lectures of his, and he is truly an expert educator. Because of his firm grasp of evolutionary theory, and his activism in dispelling caricatures of the science, he has been awarded the 2011 Stephen Jay Gould Award by The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). In the words of the SSE,
The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould.
I felt that I should include a video of Ken Miller so you can get a feel for this man’s ability to communicate. What you’re about to see is Ken Miller completely dismantling Intelligent Design over the course of a two-hour lecture. It is not boring in the least. I think you’ll all agree that he is deserving of this award.
He’s nearly perfect, yet somehow he is a Roman Catholic. While I am unable to compartmentalize my brain in such a way so as to demand evidence in one domain of life while fully embracing faith in another, as long as Dr. Miller continues to be such an excellent and ferocious proponent of Darwinian evolution, I think I’ll just let him be.