Friday | September 27, 2002
More creationism nonsense
Eschaton directs our attention to Cobb County in suburban Atlanta, where the nation's second largest school district, has ok'd the teaching of creationism. My favorite part of the article is the high school junior genius savant who single-handedly disproves generations of scientific research in an apparently groundbreaking term paper:
"I had to do a term paper about evolution and there were just things that I could disprove or have alternate reasons for," Gray told The Associated Press. "I want my brother and sister to be given the option and not told it's the absolute truth."Now Cobb County faces the same ridicule that Kansas' did several years ago, leading to the electoral defeat of the pro-creationism forces on the Kansas Board of Education with more enlightened members.
But, in case anyone needs arguments to combat the spread of creationism and its latest variety, "intelligent design", check out Scientific American's excellent 15 Answers to Creationism Nonsense.
When Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution through natural selection 143 years ago, the scientists of the day argued over it fiercely, but the massing evidence from paleontology, genetics, zoology, molecular biology and other fields gradually established evolution's truth beyond reasonable doubt. Today that battle has been won everywhere--except in the public imagination.Posted September 27, 2002 08:55 AM | Comments (8)