Monday, October 24, 2005


Pushing Back

Over the weekend, Peter Dizikes of the Boston Globe reported that "the looming presence of Intelligent Design has started having a discernible impact on evolutionary scientists. While it may not be driving their research, or dampening their sometimes boisterous internal debates, the public controversy may be forcing biologists of all kinds-and not just evolutionary biologists-to take a wide-angled view of their field, to examine how their current research contributes to evolutionary theory, and to consider how best to present evolution in the public sphere."

The Globe article interviews Marc Kirschner, founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and John Gerhart, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, coauthors of a new book, The Plausibility of Life, that tells the story of recent advances in evolutionary biology for a broad public audience.

More evidence here, that a growing number of scientists are aware, now, of the threat posed by intelligent design and creationism, and have resolved to fight back.


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