The Purpose and Mission of University of Oklahoma
IDEA Club seeks to open up rational discourse and generate dialogue
concerning the topic of biological origins. Our desire is to promote
critical and academically responsible thought in this important area
of study. The debate over biological origins is far more complex than
most students and faculty have been led to believe. Many educators
often claim that all serious debate concerning biological origins has
ceased, and that no one really questions the viability of Darwin’s
theory of evolution. In truth, a growing number of high standing intellectuals
are questioning Darwin’s theory and a substantial body of scientific
literature now exists which critiques evolution’s ability to
explain and account for the complexity and apparent design of biological
organisms. As a result, many scientists have begun to argue that the
real reason organisms appear designed is because they actually are
designed. The growing number of design theorists has resulted in a
fascinating and spirited scientific controversy. We seek to draw attention
to this engaging scientific debate.
We want to make very clear that our purpose is not to censor or ridicule
the teaching of evolution here at the University of Oklahoma. On the
contrary, we think more should be taught about evolution. We believe
that there is a pervasive misrepresentation concerning “what
science really knows” about biological origins. There are many
anomalies and unanswered questions in evolutionary biology which we
feel are hidden from the decisive gaze of college level-students. We
believe there is much to be gained from a thorough understanding of
evolutionary biology, but an adequate understanding of any scientific
theory must contain both its strengths and weaknesses.
IDEA Club seeks to produce materials and bring in lecturers to address
neglected topics not given adequate attention in university courses.
In our doing this, we do not wish to create any derision or animosity.
We simply desire to increase critical thought and intellectual discourse
among students and educators here at OU. The topic of origins is of
great importance and demands serious intellectual attention. However,
due to the implications drawn during the creation/evolution debate,
serious discussion can initiate controversy and debate which often
creates roadblocks to the true sharing of knowledge. Nevertheless,
we believe the student body and faculty of the University of Oklahoma
are sufficiently mature and able to address this discussion with the
care and responsibility it demands.