December 29, 2006 |
This is the fourth in our traditional year-end series of commissioned poems based on recent Inquirer headlines. The article headlined "A theory's evolution: The Franklin Institute's exhibition on Charles Darwin shows the person behind one of the most revolutionary ideas in science" appeared Oct. 16 on Page E1. The exhibit "Darwin" at the Franklin Institute closes Dec. 31. The Theory of Flawed Design is not a scientifically proven ...
December 29, 2005
IN RESPONSE to federal Judge John Jones' recent decision against teaching "intelligent design" in schools: Evolution is a myth. There are two creation stories in Genesis and they're different. In Genesis 1:27, God creates mankind on the sixth day. In Genesis 2:5-7, God creates the man Adam on the third day. The link that makes sense of these two different accounts is the discovery of the Neanderthal people. It makes sense that on the sixth day, when God created Eve, God would also create a separate race called "mankind" (the Neanderthal people)
November 10, 1989 |
Setting new guidelines expected to have a strong impact on the way the origin of life is taught in the United States, the state Board of Education approved a textbook guideline yesterday requiring that evolution be taught as the only theory of life's origin. A board committee Wednesday adopted a statement saying that evolution should be taught as fact, but the final wording of the 190-page curriculum outline adopted by the full board said that evolution would be taught as theory.
May 30, 2005 |
Can God and evolution coexist? For many evangelical Christians, the debate over teaching evolution in public schools touches a vital spiritual nerve. Some see evolution as a path to perdition, while others see it as a crowning example of God's handiwork. A legal battle in Dover, Pa., over the teaching of evolution and "intelligent design" has focused new attention on the issue, as have recent proposals in Kansas to change how evolution is taught there. For David Wilcox, a biology professor at Eastern University, an evangelical college in St. Davids, the challenge is to teach students that it's possible to embrace evolution "without intellectual schizophrenia.
May 12, 2007
'I'm curious: Is there anybody on the stage that does not . . . believe in evolution?" That was the question put to the 10 GOP presidential hopefuls during a May 3 Republican presidential debate on MSNBC. Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) already had said he did. But when the rest were asked the same question, three hands went up: those of Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Ah, the flood of facile jokes!: Those Luddite Republicans!
December 9, 2004 |
It's hard to imagine a more innocuous statement than the one the Cobb County, Ga., school board recently ordered pasted into their biology textbooks: "Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered. " Yet this disclaimer is the subject of a nationally publicized lawsuit, in which the plaintiff alleges that the wording violates the separation of church and state.
December 14, 1986 |
Famed Harvard biologist and evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould came to Bryn Mawr College this week and discussed one of his favorite evolutionary analogues - the evolution of Mickey Mouse. When Mickey appeared in his first cartoon feature, "Steamboat Willie" in 1928, Gould explained, he had a long snout, spindly limbs, a small cranium and looked more like an adult rat than America's favorite mouse. Over the years, however, Disney artists shortened his snout, thickened his limbs and increased his head size to give him a more appealing, childlike appearance.
November 18, 2004 |
The public statement on the Dover Area School District Web site is both ambiguous and defensive. The district "is in the process of forming a fair and balanced science curriculum. We are not teaching religion," it says. More information will be issued shortly. This is what happens when a small south-central Pennsylvania community defies scientific tradition to become what appears to be the only district in the nation to mandate the teaching of "intelligent design" alongside evolution in high school biology.
November 16, 1994 |
Humans evolved, as did all living things, into their present forms through the process of mutations of mutations of mutations . . . all the way back to the dawn of earth life. Everything biologically-connected is a descendant of a rebel, a spinoff from and an improvement on the biological and social establishment. No mutations were created based on mere whim or transient predictions or ignorant, limited wishes until, of course, the age of humans, especially in modern times. Now rebellious mutations are not allowed to flower or even be tested because of self-serving establishment business.
November 22, 2005 |
A recent cartoon in the New Yorker shows a fish in the sea and, on the beach, a parade: first, an amphibian, then a dinosaur, then an ape, followed by a Neanderthal and finally a man holding a book. He looks over his shoulder at them and says, "Scram!" Dipping by coincidence into the current controversy over "intelligent design" versus evolution, the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Seascape, his 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about evolution, necessarily makes a few waves.