Debaters prepare verbal
duel over creationism
By CHRIS SALATA
Both participants in tonight's Hill
Auditorium debate over the teaching of
creationism and evolutionary theory in
public schools say they are ready to
duke it out verbally.
University anthropology Prof. C.
Lorin Brace, arguing in favor of
evolutionary theory, will face off with
Duane Gish, the associate director of
the California-based Institute for
Creation Research, tonight at 7 p.m.
"I WILL present scientific evidence
for the theory of creationism, which
demands it be recognized and taught as
a scientific explanation for man's
origins," Gish said in a telephone inter-
view yesterday. He added that he thinks
creationism is a more rational and
reasonable theory than that of
Brace, however, said creationists are
merely religious fundamentalists,
whose theories have no basis in science.
"Creationists are not interested in
truth or reality," he said. "They are
only interested in getting their religious
viewpoint shoehorned into the public
Tonight's debate follows by only one
week a decision by the Michigan State
Board of education to adopt a resolution
opposing the teaching of creationism as
a scientific theory.
AFTER A federal judge declared un-
constitutional an Arkansas law
requiring that creationism be taught
alongside evolution, creationists had to
find a different strategy to keep their
theory in the discussion of public scien-
Despite discouraging decisions both
on the federal level, in Arkansas, and
on the state level, in Michigan,
creationists continue to carry their
Gish admitted that these decisions
have had a "negative effect" on the
campaign for creationism, but said
creationists will only "intensify their
efforts" to "get creationism taught in
A creation-evolution debate will be held tonight in Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Duane Gish, associate director for the Institute For Creation Research, will
argue in support of the creation model. Opposing Gish will be C. Loring
Brace, a professor of anthropology at the University. Admission is $1.
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BRACE SAID these decisions are
"necessary first steps" toward
defeating the creationism movement.
But, he added,"creationists will continue
their efforts to get their patented sec-
tarian religious beliefs into public
Brace said he has no qualms with
creationism taught in public schools as
long as it is not taught under the guise
of science. "Creationism can be taught
in the public schools, but not in the
science class. 'Myth and Belief' or a
'Comparative Religion' class would be
a fine place for it," he said.
BUT GISH said he will defend
creationist theory tonight before the
public and will show that evolutionary
theory is full of holes.
Gish said, using scientific theory of
probability, the chance of human life
evolving as evolutionists claim is as
probable as "a tornado going through a
junkyard and a Boeing 747 plane being
the end result."
According to Stephen Jay Gould, a
staunch defender of evolutionary
theory and a professor of geology at
Harvard University, debates are a
favorite forum for creationists. He said
there have been 90 such debates in
recent years, and the creationists have
won every one.
Gish agreed, claiming proudly that
"one reason for the creationists win-
ning all the debates is we have all the
Brace, however, sees it differently.
"They are devious, using verbal tricks,
little deceptions and obfuscation to
discredit evolution," he said.
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On the heels of last week's Food and tage to this syst
Drug Administration approval of an in- "continuous exj
fusion pump developed at the Univer- drugs," he adde
sity for treating liver cancer, This system
pioneering researchers are examining monkeys and i
the device for use in the treatment of and Chandler
terminal brain cancer, have been "enco
"We have, clearly, patients who are The second
responding," said Dr. William Chan- pump in the tr
dler, assistant professor of tumors. The p
neurosurgery at the medical school. He tumors of this ty
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At present, two methods of using the In the treatm
pump to treat brain cancer are being cer, the pump i
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method designed to reduce primary avoiding the"
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brain, The ventricle
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method a cathetor from the pump is in- chemotherapeut
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(central arteries which supply the pump mechanise
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to the artery. for one more-
GLIOMAS ARE "virtually univer- Chandler.
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THE LIVER INFUSION pump, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration is now showing promise in the
treatment of fatal brain tumors. Research is being conducted at the medical center's Clinical Research Center.
andler said. The advan-
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posure to the tumor of
has been tested on
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said the experiments
method employs the
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purpose, according to
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through the carotid artery. These drugs
are used in conjunction with x-ray
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ray therapy work better," Chandler
explained, adding that the pump is
valuable because "to have a drug werk,
you have to give the drug continuously
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then during x-ray therapy."
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primary advantage of the pump is that
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centrations of drugs for up to two weeks
in humans. Chandler added that
because the pump is so powerful, "it
will pump against artery pressure."
The pump is implanted under the skin
covering the chest, causes no restric-
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The research being conducted is' a
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contributing from various departments
in the medical school.
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