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  •  I'm beginning to think... (none)
    that this current renewal of anti-Darwinian thinking is in part due to evolutionary biologists, and scientist in general, failing to feel an obligation to educate the public.

    Most professors typically have two objectives: research and teaching. The teaching is typically only done at the University level. Aside from a handful of people like Gould and Dennet and Dawkins, how much effort is there on the part of the research community to explain what science really is.

    I'm starting to think that biology classes should be required to explain ID - an then provide all the reasons why it isn't science whatsoever. In other words, science classes should meet the ID nonsense head on AS A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF HOW ONE DEFINES SCIENCE. Imagine, if in biology classes, there was an effort to explain science to students, and ID was used as an example for showing the students  WHAT SCIENCE IS NOT.

    Part of the problem seems to be that students don't even learn what science is, then they go into the world and start saying stuff like "OH, it's just a theory" etc.

    •  my sentiments exactly (none)
      In all seriousness, when I had biology in highschool, we had some history of biology, with some synopsis of the main pre-Darvin ideas and why the Darvin's evolution was accepted.

      Reasons why a theory is preferred to alternatives may be more important than the theory itself.  To a normal citizen, the accounts of Social Security are changing at a geological pace and are equally beyond the real of common sense as evolution or the lack of it.  How one should compare different sources and "authorities" when you are faced with opposite claims?

      Simple principles like decreasing the trust in a source of information that was proven wrong already are universally applicable, and, in a sane universe, politically neutral.

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