TITLE

What's at stake in the evolution debate

AUTHOR(S)
Trail, Pepper
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
High Country News;10/3/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 18, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the author's views about the debate on evolution. Naturalist Charles Darwin's concept of evolution and natural selection asserts that life is so complex that it must reflect a guiding intelligence. Mindful that the teaching of creationism has been barred by the courts, intelligent design advocates are careful not to name the designer, but their arguments postulate a creation that was perfect and unchanging. Across the U.S. and throughout the West, school boards are struggling with this issue, often seeking incoherent compromises that satisfy no one. They must certainly confuse students. In Utah, for example, a conservative state senator recently withdrew his plan to require instruction in intelligent design, but only after being assured by the state superintendent of public instruction that human evolution would not be taught in Utah's schools. The problem is that there simply is no debate in the scientific world about the validity of evolution. After a century and a half of research, there is near-universal agreement among biologists that Darwin's principle of natural selection, coupled with modem knowledge of genetics, explains the development and workings of life on earth.
ACCESSION #
18811775

 

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