14 February 2007

Evolution

Science wins out over bronze-age Middle Eastern mythology (for now) in that perennial battlefield, Kansas.

I wish more people understood what a sheer national embarrassment the creationist nonsense is. I can remember telling people from places like Japan and Taiwan that there are actually substantial groups in the US that want to teach religious mythology alongside evolution in science classes, and having them stare at me in a way that made it quite clear that they could hardly believe what I was saying. Of course the traditional religions in those countries have creation myths of their own, but nobody there advocates teaching those myths in science classes alongside evolution, and they have a very hard time imagining that such a thing could happen in a country as advanced as the US.

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