The View From 1776

Teaching Evolution: Readers Disagree

Many readers voiced negative reactions, but none addressed the central points of my recent posting.  Counter arguments ranged from experiments that are no more than examples of human Intelligent Design, to ontology (in Bill Clinton words, it depends upon what the meaning of is is).

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/02 at 06:19 PM
  1. As a person that supported Gov. Dean in the 2004 presidential election cycle, I may seem like an odd fish to be commenting on your blog. Some of your readers may dismiss me as a
    Posted by Aldon Hynes  on  10/02  at  08:03 PM
  2. 1st would like to state no theory explains everything. Evolution makes no pretense of being different. Evolution does not require a god, but it does not rule one out either.
    Simply put Evolution is a process that results in heritable changes in a population spread over many generations.
    In fact, evolution can be precisely defined as any change in the frequency of alleles within a gene pool from one generation to the next." - Helena Curtis and N. Sue Barnes, Biology, 5th ed. 1989 Worth Publishers, p.974

    The roots of all our evolutionary thinking go back to Darwin. This does not mean that evolution theory is limited to what Darwin wrote.

    The term "Darwinism", ... has numerous meanings depending on who has used the term and at what period. A better understanding of the meaning of this term is only one reason to call attention to the composite nature of Darwin's evolutionary thought.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/04  at  03:34 PM
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