Wednesday, May 12, 2004
But I repeat myself. Less than half of Americans believe in evolution. The President of the United States is on the fence on the topic. Bodes well for science education, doesn't it? (Gee, Mom, why should I study evolution? W doesn't believe in it.) Now, what people take on faith is their own business. What is objectionable is the attempt to bolster the creationist case by -- manifestly falsely -- representing that there is some genuine scientific dispute over the existence of evolution, the age of the Earth (at least as far as a few thousand years versus several billion). Repeat after me. There is no scientific controversy over these matters. All the notions floated in the popular press suggesting the contrary are as intellectually bankrupt as fixed sphere cosmology.