Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Scientists to Boycott Evolution Hearings

I have mixed feelings about this. Members of the Kansas Academy of Sciences say they won't testify at the State Board of Education's hearings in May on the evidence for and against evolution. They say they don't want their presence to lend credibility to a ludicrous process. I've heard Holocaust survivors use the same logic to explain why they won't debate Holocaust deniers. But at the same time, I worry that many in Kansas will think scientists are afraid to stand up and be counted. I'd like to see an articulate scientist make a defense of evolution, although in this context it's almost certain that the defense would fall on deaf ears. I think the scientist who said it best was the one who said, "our state board members don't necessarily have the science backgrounds to understand what they're hearing." Reporter Josh Funk of the Wichita Eagle does a nice job with this article.

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