Evolution versus Creationism Discussion
James H. Beach
jhbeach at IBM.NET
Wed Apr 22 12:46:52 CDT 1998
I would like to put a cap on the inevitable debate that would otherwise now
ensue about evolution versus creationism. Taxacom is not the best place
for this. Thank you.
Listowner of Taxacom
At 12:30 PM 4/22/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Invitation by Peter Rauch to comment on the new National Academy of Science
>on teaching evolution.
>My comment is that it reads as a garbelled complicated series of assertions
>and inferences. It would
>do nothing to convince me that evolution qualifies as a science. There is a
>heavy emphasis on
>indoctrination about particular theories of how evolution takes place (e.g.
>and far less on evolution as a scientific methodology (compare with the
>emphasis on method
>in chemistry or physics).
>As far as I am able to discern, evolution is generally taught as a doctrine
>which focuses on the
>assertion that certain things are true, and as such, is a mirror image to
>the Creationists who apply
>the same strategy.
>I realize my view is a minority (perhaps of one), but it is there
>nonetheless. With the way
>evolution is taught, I'm hardly surprised that teachers stay away from it.
>I wouldn't blame
>them in the slightest.
James H. Beach
National Biological Information Infrastructure
U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division
Tel: (703) 319-1173, Fax: same as Telephone
E-mail: jhbeach at ibm.net
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