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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON 117(3):241. 2004. STATEMENT FROM THE COUNCIL OF THE BIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON The paper by Stephen C. Meyer, "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories," in vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 213-239 of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, was published at the discretion of the former ed-itor, Richard v. Sternberg. Contrary to typ-ical editorial practices, the paper was pub-lished without review by any associate ed-itor; Sternberg handled the entire review process. The Council, which includes offi-cers, elected councilors, and past presidents, and the associate editors would have deemed the paper inappropriate for the pag-es of the Proceedings because the subject matter represents such a significant depar-ture from the nearly purely systematic con-tent for which this journal has been known throughout its 122-year history. For the same reason, the journal will not publish a rebuttal to the thesis of the paper, the su-periority of intelligent design (ID) over evolution as an explanation of the emer-gence of Cambrian body-plan diversity. The Council endorses a resolution on ID pub-lished by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (www.aaas.org/ news/releases/2002/1 106id2.shtml), which observes that there is no credible scientific evidence supporting ID as a testable hy-pothesis to explain the origin of organic di-versity. Accordingly, the Meyer paper does not meet the scientific standards of the Pro-ceedings. We have reviewed and revised editorial policies to ensure that the goals of the So-ciety, as reflected in its journal, are clearly understood by all. Through a web presence (www.biolsocwash.org) and improvements in the journal, the Society hopes not only to continue but to increase its service to the world community of systematic biologists.

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Proceedings of The Biological Society of Washington 117: 241-241 (2004)

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