Science, Evolution and Creationism

The National Academies Press has released, for free, a book on Science, Evolution and Creationism.

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From the academies web site:

The National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine have released Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a book designed to give the public a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the science classroom. NAS and IOM strongly maintain that only scientifically based explanations for life should be included in public school science class.

You can read the book online, download the summary brochure, or the complete book (after providing an email address) for free.

The summary brochure should be compulsory reading for everyone, particularly those un-enlightened religious and political leaders trying to prevent evolution being taught in schools or trying to promote Creationism/ID being taught in science classes.

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20 responses to “Science, Evolution and Creationism

  1. Can’t wait to read it. It should be very interesting. Thanks for the info.

    I do believe evolution should be taught in schools with the information that it is a theory, a very well researched theory.

  2. I do believe evolution should be taught in schools with the information that it is a theory, a very well researched theory.

    It’s important that students are taught that evolution is a theory in the scientific sense, meaning that it has been proven beyond all reasonable doubt, as opposed to the every day use of the word ‘theory’.

  3. seantheblogonaut

    Thanks OZ.

    The summary is quiet good as you say.

    I am all for teaching religion too as part of a cultural studies class. When I say religion I mean all religions too.

  4. Please explain to me the difference between “a theory in the scientific sense” and the “every day use of the word ‘theory'”.

    I appreciate teaching religion (all) in a cultural studies class. Even though I practice a specific religion I am very interested in what other people believe and how those beliefs developed.

  5. arthurvandelay

    Please explain to me the difference between “a theory in the scientific sense” and the “every day use of the word ‘theory’”.

    Two resources which may help you:

    1. Evolution is a Fact and a Theory (Talk Origins)

  6. arthurvandelay

    and 2. Philosophy of Science: Scientific Theory (University of Auckland)

    The Wikipedia article on “Theory” might also be of some use to you.

    edited: link fixed. cheers, Oz

  7. arthurvandelay

    (There is a number 2 there, but Akismet apparently ate it.)

    I got Akismet to spit it back out – cheers Oz

  8. arthurvandelay

    But if I may summarise what the Wikipedia article on “Theory” has to say about it, whereas “theory” in the everyday sense connotes opinions, conjectures and speculations, scientific theories are logically consistent models which explain empirical facts, can be used to predict future observations, and which can be verified or falsified by testing and observation. In the everyday sense of the word, “theories” are contrasted with “facts;” in the scientific sense of the word, “theories” explain “facts.”

    Therefore, when you advocate that “evolution should be taught in schools with the information that it is a theory, a very well researched theory,” you might as well apply the same principle to the theory of gravitation, relativity theory, atomic theory, and so on. What should be taught in schools, I think, is the difference between everyday and scientfic uses of the term “theory.”

  9. Thanks for the explanations Arthur.
    I fixed your missing comment, I think it got stuck in Akismet because the link was empty, I think I have fixed it, hopefully that is the right link. If not let me know and I’ll fix it again.

  10. arthur-
    Thank you for the links. I stand corrected and agree with you on the idea that schools do need to teach the differences between the uses of the word. I believe teachers need to become more educated on the confusion as well.

    I found it interesting in the first article where the mechanics of evolution are discussed as the remaining piece of the theory that needs further discussion and research.

    Thanks again for the continuing education!

    WM

  11. Can someone send Huckabee a copy?

  12. Creationsim is a Jewish concept.
    So why do so of them support evolutionary theory and ridicule creationism; one of the most basic tenets of thier religion?

  13. Why do I need to read MORE books about where we came from when there is ONE book that explains it all. It’s called… Genesis!

  14. AV

    I found it interesting in the first article where the mechanics of evolution are discussed as the remaining piece of the theory that needs further discussion and research.

    Explain.

  15. “Evolution as a process that has always gone on in the history of the earth can be doubted only by those who are ignorant of the evidence or are resistant to evidence, owing to emotional blocks or to plain bigotry. By contrast, the mechanisms that bring evolution about certainly need study and clarification. There are no alternatives to evolution as history that can withstand critical examination. ”

    I find it interesting in terms of scientific study how these evolutionary mechanism work and the continued research in this area. Not being a particularly strong biology student myself I have to read and re-read articles to really get the understanding that comes so easily for some. How one creature evolved into something slightly different-how did this happen, why did it happen. These are things that I enjoy reading (the fish in the first chapter of the book from the NAS&IM, is an example.)

  16. AV

    Some other great resources on this topic are Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker and Carl Zimmer’s Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. Also see Dawkins’ 1991 Royal Institution Lectures for Children, Growing Up in the Universe, available free online.

  17. seantheblogonaut

    Overthinker,

    Because Genesis is fiction.

  18. AV

    So why do so of them support evolutionary theory and ridicule creationism; one of the most basic tenets of thier religion?

    I guess because they value reason and evidence over blind adherence to religious dogma.

  19. Slut

    This is a great resource for our humanist group’s Darwin’s Day event. Very timely and much appreciated!

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