Teaching Evolution

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Harvard Jumps Into Evolution Debate?

OK, is it just me, or do the headline and the first paragraph of this story not make any sense in the context of what this story is actually about?

The story begins:

Harvard University is joining the long-running debate over the theory of evolution by launching a research project to study how life began.


But evolution isn't about how life began, it's about how life continues to develop. I see nothing here to indicate that this has anything at all to do with the "controversy" over evolution. I think the AP reporter and the editors of the papers that chose to run this article are doing their readers a disservice.

It appears that the AP got its story from this story by Gareth Cook of the Boston Globe. Cook just won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the stem cell debate, so I assume he's a good reporter and knowledgeable about science. But it's weird that there doesn't seem to be any clarification of the origins of life vs. the development of life.

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