Azara Blog: Some chemistry teacher wants anti-evolution materials to be used in schools

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Date published: 2006/11/27

The BBC says:

Science teaching materials deemed "not appropriate" by the government should be allowed in class, Education Secretary Alan Johnson has been told.

Ex-head of chemistry at Liverpool's Blue Coat School, Nick Cowan, says the packs promoting intelligent design are useful for debating Darwinist theories.

He urged Mr Johnson to view packs from lobby group Truth in Science for himself, before condemning them.

Education officials insist intelligent design is not recognised as science.

Advocates of intelligent design say there are things that cannot be explained by evolution and so argue for the existence of a supernatural intelligence behind the creation of the universe.
Mr Cowan's call comes as the Guardian reported that the Truth in Science materials were being used in 59 schools.

Mr Cowan says they are "very scholarly" and could be extremely useful in helping children understand the importance of scientific debate

He told the BBC: "Darwin has for many people become a sacred cow.

"There's a sense that if you criticise Darwin you must be some kind of religious nut case.

"We might has well have said Einstein shouldn't have said what he did because it criticised Newton."

Mr Cowan argues that science only moves forward by reviewing and reworking previous theories and that these materials foster an understanding of this.

He also points out that the Truth in Science materials, which he describes as outstanding, do not mention creationism or even God.

Of course these materials don't mention creationism or God. The Truth in Science folk (yes, the name already tells you they are suspect) are trying to pretend, disingenuously, that they are interested in a scientific debate. They are not interested in a scientific debate, they are interested in undermining (specifically) evolution because they have religious objections to some of its conclusions. They don't seem to spend much time trying to undermine the theory of relativity, or the standard model of physics, or anything else. Unfortunately people who "criticise Darwin" (i.e. criticise evolutionary theory) generally are "some kind of religious nut cases".

Of course in a couple of hundred years, much of the current theory of evolution will be refined or overturned (assuming the religious nutters haven't managed to stop scientific research on the subject). That is how science works. Serious evolutionary biologists, not creationists, will be the people who move the subject forward.

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