Thursday, April 27, 2006


Making Sense of the World

Scientists know a tremendous amount about things like how animals walked out on land and how birds started to fly, says Kevin Padian, a professor of biology and curator of paleontology in the Department of Integrative Biology at University of California at Berkeley and an expert witness in the Dover intelligent design trial, “but that never gets communicated in textbooks to children, and I think they need this stuff."

"They’d be so much less confused about things, and there wouldn’t be such a disconnect between hearing about little changes in peppered moths and connecting that to something big, like how we got whales. There are central organizing theories in science, and we should be teaching people the questions they need to ask to understand and make sense of the world.”


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