Evolution is Fundamental to Science
Posted on January 5, 2008 Comments (11)
Evolution is absolutely fundamental to scientific thinking. Any country, or part of a country (or those wishing to lead a country) that teaches evolution as though it is some alternative way of looking at the facts (that can be compared to creationism/intelligent design, as science, for example) is an embarrassment. Unfortunately the United States is home to far too much of this thinking – which explains why scientific literacy is so low. Luckily there are also plenty in the USA that understand science. The National Academy of Science has published, Science, Evolution, and Creationism, in which a
The scientific theory of evolution still has details that can be debated – which is what the scientists should and will do (seeking out evidence to support such details). The idea that people today can question evolution is beyond amazing to me. It is much easier to understand some people thinking you would sail off the edge of the earth 500 years ago than anyone in the USA thinking there is any serious debate about evolution (there are parts of the world where the educational system does not give everyone a chance to see the available evidence, so I can forgive some in the world for being ignorant – not having been exposed to the evidence). And I guess there are parts of the USA educational system that are nearly so poor also where a gullible student could not see the truth. But in the USA the evidence is easily at hand – you have to intentionally remain ignorant to somehow not understand the truth of evolution.
Related: Understanding Evolution (from Berkeley) – Teaching Evolution and the Nature of Science – Evolutionary Design – Real-Time Evolution – Evolution at Work with the Blue Moon Butterfly – 200 Million Americans Are Scientifically Illiterate – Evolution In Action – Retroviruses – Evolution in Darwin’s Finches – Two Butterfly Species Evolved Into Third – Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance