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

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Evolution Revolution in Arizona: Damn those professors!

The Tucson Weekly is reporting the complaints of a Republican Senator that she nearly got a bill through the state legislature compelling teachers "to present evidence that supports and evidence that does not support the theory of evolution" until those damned university perfessors intervened.

What was the giveaway here that something might be troublesome? The fact that the scientists and specialists who spend their lives studying biology and evolution think there simply is no such evidence? Or the fact that the support for the bill came from "a flood of supportive e-mails"?

We face today a rising inclination for public policy makers to pander to the lowest common denominator. Don't like that science? It's wrong, so teach this. Don't like this part of history, whether it is PC or not? Then change the schoolbooks, the curriculum and the media presentations to avoid unpleasantness. Hey, it works for Japan.