Intelligent Design Torpedoes Tenure

Two faculty members at Iowa State University have conceded that the beliefs of assistant professor of astronomy and physics Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of "The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery," played a part in the school's decision to deny him tenure. A story to be published in World Magazine quotes professor Eli Rosenberg, chairman of the physics and astronomy department at the school, insisting that intelligent design "was not an overriding factor" in the decision but that it "played into" the process.

The article also reported that astronomy professor Curtis Struck said he was unsurprised by the denial because Gonzales "includes some things in his astronomy resume that other people regard as taking a coincidence too far." His reference apparently was to the issue of intelligent design.

 

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