Iconic Darwinian John Maynard Smith on teaching the controversy
|October 6, 2017||Posted by News under academic freedom, Culture, Darwinism, Evolution, Intelligent Design|
From John Maynard Smith (1920–2004):
I am convinced that a proper training in science requires that undergraduates are confronted by the problems of contemporary science. Only then can they see science as an activity, and not as a body of received doctrine. Evolutionary Genetics, 1989. p. v.
But now, come on. Did Smith really think that or isn’t it more like he thought his own cherished views would never be challenged. 1989 was well before ID theorists, for example, started to apply information theory reasoning to Darwinian claims and long before Third Way challenges were anything more than a tolerated eccentricity. Darwinians have been on a tear against academic freedom ever since.
Note: Among his major books were The Theory of Evolution (1958), The Evolution of Sex (1978), Evolution and the Theory of Games (1982), The Major Transitions in Evolution (with Hungarian biochemist Eors Szathmary, 1995), and Animal Signals (2003). Maynard Smith was a recipient of Sweden’s Crafoord Prize in 1999 and the Kyoto Prize in 2001. (Britannica)
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Hat tip: Mung