Evolution in Kansas

Thoughts from Kansas has a good discussion on the response to the Kansas school board’s new idea – a list of questions submitted to both creationists and biologists. This paragraph is really good:

“Does a Nobel Laureate in the field of interest who has spent a lifetime in study of these issues of science have the same credibility as someone who did an internet search? Dr. Harris is quite right; I do have concerns about the credibility of people he might suggest and how they might match up to the scientists. For example, Dr. Jonathan Wells is a frequent source for comments at the public hearings and his views are clearly reflected in the minority report. Dr. Wells has no academic credibility, has done no work in biology beyond a rather weak doctoral program, has very questionable motivation for pursing his education in biology, and, because of a felony conviction, would not be qualified to be a science teacher in Kansas. My question still remains, what is the standard for credible contributors to this process.”

Anyone interested in this issue should follow the link.

As a side note, I am currently reading Wells’ “Icons of Evolution” and will be doing a review when finished (although I will say I have only read the Intro and chapter one and have already found errors).

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