Religious bigotry, was Re: SCIENCE CONFUSION IN THE US.

Jones, Brian Dr bjones at AGRIC.WA.GOV.AU
Thu Aug 24 13:58:00 CDT 2000

Curtis Clark wrote:

<Despite the confusions of both the creationists and Dr. Jones, science and
religion are <separate ways of knowing, and they are ways of knowing
*different things*. Each loses <credibility only when it attempts to answer
the questions of the other. Pop religion can <be as "fluffy" as pop science,
but I would suggest that contributors to Taxacom leave <their religious
bigotry at home.
There is no confusion on my part.  I've been a publishing taxonomist for
over 35 years.  The point is that Dr Curtis may know the difference between
science and religion but the majority of the people who pay our salary do
not, and further more don't care. As scientific rationalism is set aside by
the majority, evolutionary theory becomes no more or less attractive than
any other "origins" explanation and thus gets dropped from curricula. That
is an education issue which is, I suggest, of vital interest to Taxacom.

Dr Brian Jones
Senior  Fish Pathologist, Fisheries WA, Adjunct Professor, Muresk Institute
C/o Animal Health Labs, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth WA 6151, AUSTRALIA
phone +61-8-9368-3649 fax +61-8-9474-1881

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