Thursday, September 01, 2005

Scientific Theories In Their Cultural Context

The Washington Post article on the new Pew poll can be found here. It contains this endorsement of teaching the controversy:
Some want to see evolution taught in a broader context. Warren Nord, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, said it's important for students to learn about evolution in context with culture generally. "Students should understand the controversy," Nord said. The different theories "should be addressed in science classes. All science textbooks and courses should locate them in a larger cultural conversation about how to make sense of nature."

Professor Nord, you are a very wise man. At the same time, students could examine whether it was evidence alone that led a majority of scientists to embrace macroevolutionary theory. Or were there historical, cultural and worldview factors that played a role as well?


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