Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Another debate on teaching evolution

Ironic that this is the home of so many icons in evolution, eg. Mayr and J Gould. Issues of faith cannot be discussed on the same grounds as science. Perhaps one day we may be able to bridge that gap, but till the time comes, lets practice good and proper science for the advancement of knowlegde.

Came across this article on the BBC website Bush Weighs Into Evolution Debate". This is to add on to Alvin's passionate article on intelligent design. Apparently George Bush will begin a nation wide campaign to propose the teaching of intelligent design in American schools. Well I agree with Alan Leshner when he said that "There is no science to intelligent design, it's not even a scientifically answerable question." For the moment, lets keep Science and Divinity seperate.

More readings on this issue:

"Should intelligent design be taught?" PSB Online NewsHour, 5th August 2005. An interview with Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University and author of "Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth and Beyond"; and Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and author of "Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Darwin."

"Intelligent Design." BBC News, 03 Jul 2002. Transcript produced from the teletext subtitles generated live for Newsnight.

"God vs. Darwin: no contest." By Cathy Young. Boston Globe, 08 Aug 2005.

"Darwinism is more than a theory." The Guardian, 05 Aug 2005. Compilation of comments from several newspapers.

"Creationism Battle Useless." Denverpost. [Link no longer available?]


tensilver said...

keep creationism and evolution out of our school or put them both in. don't sway with just one, it's unbalanced then.

budak said...

What's unbalanced about that? Creationism is based on faith, evolution is a science based on evidence, deduction and peer review.