May 28, 2012
We introduced this topic yesterday and referred to an Associated Press story, in which Richard Leakey suggests that the debate over evolution will end sometime over the next 15 to 30 years. Leakey’s thesis was:
If you get to the stage where you can persuade people on the evidence, that it’s solid, that we are all African, that color is superficial, that stages of development of culture are all interactive,” Leakey says, “then I think we have a chance of a world that will respond better to global challenges.
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May 27, 2012
Richard Leakey says that looking at the past the way paleontologists and anthropologist do can teach us much about the future. He points out that extinction is one of the most common types of phenomena observed in nature, and that extinctions are related to environmental change. He suggests that environmental change is controlled by climate change, and now, humans are at the center of accelerating, indeed creating the kind of changes in climate that we see on Earth today.… Read more
April 1, 2009
There was an editorial in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper today entitled Put education board under a microscope. If you are a science teacher or scientist in Texas, or for that matter throughout the USA, you have to love this editorial.
The editorial announces a little known Texas House Bill 722 which will require that board meetings be broadcast—with audio and video—over the Internet and that the board Website maintain an archive of those videos.… Read more
October 27, 2006
Evolution is an election issue in Ohio this year. Ninety percent of the science faculty at Case Western Reserve signed a letter endorsing the candidacy of Tom Sawyer for Ohio School Board. Sawyer is running against the incumbent Dr. D. Owens Fink, a professor of Marketing at the University of Akron. Fink supports I.D. and the insistence the the science curriculum standards include lessons in which evolution is singled out to be critically analyzed.… Read more
August 3, 2006
Tuesday’s vote in the State School Board elections in Kansas resulted in the ouster of the conservative majority which favored putting evolution under review (and only evolution—no other science concepts and ideas need such critical reveiw).
According to observers of this election, and the ongoing debate between evolution and intelligent design, this was another major defeat for proponents of intelligent design.… Read more