The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

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060713_finch_01.jpgThis article by Peter Olofsson about Ann Coulter’s 2006 book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, in which she criticizes the theory of evolution, is from LiveScience.com, in cooperation with Skeptical Inquirer.

Olofsson is a visiting associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Tulane University. He has done research in mathematical biology and is the author of Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives. -JS


In the summer of 2006, I heard that a new book called Godless presented an insightful and devastating criticism of the theory of evolution. Although I learned that its author, Ann Coulter, is not a scientist but a lawyer turned author and TV pundit, she nevertheless appeared to be an intelligent and well-educated person, so I started reading.

At first I was puzzled. There did not seem to be anything new; only tired and outdated antievolution arguments involving moths, finches, and fruit flies. But it wasn't until Coulter dusted off the old Piltdown man story that I suddenly realized: it was a hoax! And it was brilliant…

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