Thursday, 13 August 2009

Accept it: Talk about evolution needs to evolve



ACCEPT IT: TALK ABOUT EVOLUTION NEEDS TO EVOLVE


Watch your language! It’s a common message from Eugenie Scott, a physical anthropologist and director of the National Center for Science Education (www.ncseweb.org), an organization dedicated to promoting and defending the teaching of evolution in public schools. Scott recently spoke withScience News writer Susan Milius.

So you urge scientists not to say that they “believe” in evolution?!

Right. What your audience hears is more important than what you say.… What [people] hear is that evolution is a belief, it’s an opinion, it’s not well-substantiated science. And that is something that scientists need to avoid communicating.

You believe in God. You believe your sports team is going to win. But you don’t believe in cell division. You don’t believe in thermodynamics. Instead, you might say you “accept evolution.

An excerpt from Accept it: Talk about evolution needs to evolve by Eugenie Scott.

2 comments:

  1. Exactly - I try to correct people all the time on this!

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  2. Thanks for all your own work regarding science Michael.

    We must point people to your site.

    Regards,

    BCSE

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