By the way, in case you happen to hear, during the debate, that “Creationists will be the death of science” or some such, get this, from genetcisit Todd Wood’s blog:
I just got back from the Bryan College Undergraduate Research Conference. I’m teaching an adjunct class this semester to bio majors, and two of my students were presenting. …
[evil creationists, see?]
After the conference, the department chair took me aside and shared with me the results from the latest standardized testing of the senior biology majors. The test splits up their scores in four categories: cell, organismal, genetics, and evolution. To my absolute delight, Bryan College students scored in the 99th percentile – in the evolution category! That was their highest category too. Uh oh! Who’s been teaching them evolution? Well, that would be me. The class I’m teaching this semester is called “History of Life,” which is just a euphemism for evolutionary biology. I teach straight from Freeman and Herron’s Evolutionary Analysis, and we read Darwin’s Origin of Species during the class. The students know my position on origins, and when appropriate, I bring in creationist commentary. But for the most part, it’s straight evolutionary biology. The 99th percentile means they’re outperforming most students taught by actual evolutionists.
The fact that lots of people don’t believe that a pile of kindling is a Tree of Life, doesn’t mean they can’t answer questions about what’s in the book advocating that view.
The problem is more with what’s in the book.
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