Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Science education is worthwhile

This is why we need to teach good science. It has implications. A young Surrey girl named Tilly Smith had been taught a fortnight before the recent tsunami that the sea recedes 5 to 10 minutes before a tsunami hits, in her geography class. She told her mum and the resort evacuated all people on that beach. Nobody was killed there - her education saved 100 lives. Bravo to her.

We can't predict what we will need to know in life or society, and the best way is to teach what we do know. Evolutionary biology is implicated in conservation, disease control, social upheaval and so forth, and if we have an educated population, we might be able to turn our knowledge to good use.