Evolution versus Creationism Discussion

John Grehan jrg13 at PSU.EDU
Wed Apr 22 15:17:48 CDT 1998

Personally I have no problem avoiding the evolution versus creationism
debate, but I was
not aware that certain subjects were banned.

The listserver states that the facility  is for " all manner of discussion
about biological systematics, including the science, educational, policy
and political issues that are of concern to systematists".

I don't understand the concern expressed by Jim Bach, but I hope that
further disucssion of how evolution is presentated, conceptualized, taught
etc is not precluded if such disucssion is of interest to participating
systematists. If it is not, then the subject will fail to take up much of
the traffic.

John Grehan

>Hi All:
>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.
>Jim Beach
>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.
>>natural selection),
>>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.
>>John Grehan
>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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