Would You Adam'n'Eve It?!

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CASE courses in cross-curricular science feature many innovations, it says here. Among them is a first level module called Earth Story , which brings to life the study of the spread of humanity across the globe, from the dim and distant rise of humans from their hominid cousins to the future colonization of other planets.

One of the major themes tackled in the module is the debate between evolution and creationism, and I am often bemused as to why some scientists think this debate is irrelevant for 2005.

Well, wake up and sniff the Brasso, fellas; Darwin is on the run in the land of the brave and the free.

In the small Republican farm town of Dover in Pennsylvania, the city fathers have ruled that ID should be given equal status with evolution in the ‘science’ curriculum in local schools.

ID? “Intelligent Design” apparently. You know, the idea. Basically, rather than billions of years of evolution and environmental pressures yielding unsolicited random mutation, some bearded old guy in a toga and sandals is responsible. Less ID, more GDI; God Dit It.

And your glorious, head-up-their-own-butt, science-is-acultural-and-objective science teachers and scientists in the state of Kansas have made the mistake of boycotting similar school board hearings, saying they didn’t want to dignify ID with serious rebuttal. As a consequence, it looks as if Kansas is also on the brink of opening its classrooms to ID.

Dubya has recently come out on the side of religious activists who are campaigning for public schools to retreat from Darwin. No surprises there. Indeed a motley collection of anti-Darwinians are laying siege to the boards in at least 20 states, and a new $25m museum of creationism is being built in Kentucky; woohoo, Stone Age here we come!

What’s more surprising, perhaps, is the increase in the UK in lessons which teach that Adam and Eve was the literal truth. The rise in creationism is not just an American phenomenon . . .



3 comments


    Robert Andrews

    August 18, 2005

    Indicative of an era in which devotion in science is just another
    faith belief?

    Here’s “another article”:http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/evolution.html

    rosi

    August 18, 2005

    And “here”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1549878,00.html is “George Monbiot’s”:http://www.monbiot.com/ latest thoughts on the matter from the
    Guardian Life section . . .

    Ralph

    August 18, 2005

    The Mail on Sunday today had a big two page article about how a ‘new’ science is challenging conventional thinking with regard to Evolution … that new science was (fanfare) I.D.S. – which lets face it is only a viable answer in the same way that licorice chastity belts are an answer to contraception.

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