Friday, January 4, 2008

Scientists Advise Government to Teach Evolution - How Controversial!!!

A report was given to the government today which emphasized the importance of teaching evolution in schools. No big surprise there, since the group consists of scientific advisors from the National Academy of Sciencesas well as it's Institute foe Medicine.

No big shock here, but I think that it underscores an important issue. Namely, there is no controversy surrounding evolution! I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but if any of you are ignorant enough to fall into the newest ID catch phrase "teach the controversy", please do not bring it up until you have read the information withinreport discussed above. You really cannot speak on the topic with any authority until you have gone through all of the scientific evidence. If you still have doubts, bring up your specific questions and we can discuss them one by one. (If you don't want to read the book, check out this link).


Edit: There was also an article published this month in the journal FASEB which is aimed at encouraging scientists to "become more involved in the promotion of science education, including evolution" (press release found here). I think it's great that major science groups are unafraid to promote science and empiricism, and willing to criticize those who want to teach pseudoscience and woo in our schools.

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