Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Once more from Dover

This morning in Dover, PA, a local science teacher and a McGill University professor testified for the science side. The professor said:
"Evolution is special culturally," he said. "It is not special scientifically."
Which is exactly right. I doubt that 76% of the public would say they had thought about general relativity, string theory, or even calculus, gene theory, germ theory or gravity, a "great deal" or a "moderate amount," but that's how many people reported thinking about human origins in a USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll.
perhaps the most interesting piece of [science teacher Bertha Spahr's] testimony this morning regarded a textbook catalog she received. In the catalog, according to Mrs. Spahr's testimony, Of Pandas and People was listed under the category "Creation Science." [The parents and teachers] entered the catalog into evidence, despite the objection of opposing counsel, which was overruled by Judge Jones.
Catalog writers usually know their audiences.