Angus Campbell

John Angus Campbell

John Angus Campbell (born March 10, 1942 in Portland, Oregon, USA) is a retired American Professor of Rhetoric and is a Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture (a branch of the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank) and of the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design, a professional society dedicated to the promotion of intelligent design.

Campbell served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Washington from 1968-1995, and as a Professor of Communications at the University of Memphis from 1995 until his retirement in 2005. Together with Stephen C. Meyer (who is also a Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture) he edited Darwinism, Design and Public Education, a collection of articles from the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs

Campbell was slated to appear as a witness for the defense in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, but withdrew on June 2, 2005, the day of his scheduled deposition.

In 2007 Campbell ran for a seat on the school board in North Mason County, Washington, under the name of John Campbell. He offered his services to "restore trust," and "establish transparency", but did not disclose his links to intelligent design. In a telephone interview he stated that he would not be dealing with curricula, and that he is a "Darwinist" who considers that debating Darwin can engage the interest of students and improve their skills in critical thinking. He was quoted as saying "Rather than demonizing people that believe in ID, I think there are ways people could use their ideas to study Darwinism more closely." The election was held on November 6, 2007, and the unofficial results showed John Campbell defeating the incumbent Glenn Landram by 2,996 votes (68.06%) to 1,406 (31.94%), which was certified on November 27. He currently serves on the schoolboard.


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