Sunday, January 07, 2007


Spelled Right?

There is a question and answer article with Nick Matzke of the National Center for Science Education and of The Panda's Thumb in the San Francisco Chronicle.

First of all, he should be congratulated on his timing:

I joined the National Center for Science Education in early 2004 and in the summer a school board in Dover, Pa., passed a policy requiring intelligent design. They did it explicitly to bring a court challenge from the ACLU and other groups. I got put on this case as the science nerd for the lawyers and also the history-of-creationism nerd.
But in case anyone thinks Dover ended the attack on evolution:

We commonly say "creationism doesn't go extinct. It evolves." You get the courts to block one strategy and they just switch the name to something else. The new challenge is something called "critical analysis of evolution." I think it's been at least 20 states this year where creationists are pushing some sort of policy.
Smart, lucky and handsome ... what more could anyone want?

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