A growing number of science students on British campuses and in sixth form colleges are challenging the theory of evolution and arguing that Darwin was wrong. Some are being failed in university exams because they quote sayings from the Bible or Qur'an as scientific fact and at one sixth form college in London most biology students are now thought to be creationists.
Earlier this month Muslim medical students in London distributed leaflets that dismissed Darwin's theories as false. Evangelical Christian students are also increasingly vocal in challenging the notion of evolution.
In the United States there is growing pressure to teach creationism or "intelligent design" in science classes, despite legal rulings against it. Now similar trends in this country have prompted the Royal Society, Britain's leading scientific academy, to confront the issue head on with a talk entitled Why Creationism is Wrong. The award-winning geneticist and author Steve Jones will deliver the lecture and challenge creationists, Christian and Islamic, to argue their case rationally at the society's event in April.
Why is it that creationists quote holy books and distribute leaflets while evolutionists perform research and publish journal articles?
Creationists perform research and publish journal articles, and evolutionists distribute leaflets and quote "holy" books (which Darwin has become for them).
The Origin of Species is hardly a 'holy book', it's a landmark work but the theory has grown and been formalized since then, evolution is a very different subject today. That's how science doesn't work, if your understanding of the world today could possibly be the same as had you lived a hundred years ago...there's a HUGE problem, just so much we didn't know and understand then.
And this isn't just because science has universally adopted the theory of evolution,
Which it (unless science=the establishment) hasn't, to the horror of many.
Keep telling yourself that, one day you may even believe it.
the same was true when evolution was a new theory and a minority opinion over a century ago.
Wrong again, particularly as Social Darwinism became the rage.
A social theory derived from a scientific theory is a world away from a scientific theory derived from a social theory. Our understanding of society should be based on our scientific knowledge, not the other way around.
f someone wants to challenge a prevailing scientific theory, that's fine...heck, I strongly object to the dogmatization of string theory amongst certain schools of theoretical physics. But this is science, not politics...present research, don't start a PR campaign.
Yes, scientists are sooooo dispassionate.
Maybe not all scientists, they're people after all, but science is.