Feeds

Scientists call for teaching of facts of evolution

Here we go again...

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Scientists across the world are calling for the "evidence-based facts" of evolution to be taught to all children.

The InterAcademy Panel, a grouping of more than 60 international science academies, warned in a statement that information about evolution was being withheld from many children.

"[We] have learned that [in some cases] scientific evidence, data, and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with theories not testable by science," it said.

The scientists go on to outline the basic evidence-based facts they want to see at the core of a science education. The writers argue that although there is uncertainty over the finer details of evolution, there are some basic principles of the theory that scientific evidence has never contradicted.

These points include:

  • the planet is approximately 4.5bn years old
  • the emergence of life on Earth occurred around 2.5bn years ago
  • the trick of photosynthesis, which is described as the "ultimate source of fixed energy and food upon which human life ... depends"
  • that since its emergence, life has taken various forms, all of which continue to evolve
  • commonalities in the structure of the genetic code of all organisms living today, including humans, clearly indicate their common primordial origin

The statement continues: "We urge decision makers, teachers, and parents to educate all children about the methods and discoveries of science and to foster an understanding of the science of nature.

"Knowledge of the natural world in which they live empowers people to meet human needs and protect the planet."

The statement is the latest installment of the long running creationist/intelligent designers vs. science and evolution battle.

Intelligent design is the thinly veiled creationist theory that some things are too complex to have evolved, and must have been designed by an intelligent higher power.

Some groups, particularly in the US, want to see ID taught in science classes alongside actual science.

In an oblique reference to this, the academies have provided a helpful definition of what science is: "Science focuses on observing the natural world and formulating testable and refutable hypotheses to derive deeper explanations for observable phenomena."

Steve Fuller, a professor of sociology at the University of Warwick who regular readers may remember has provided court testimony in favour of including ID in the US science curriculum, told the BBC that the letter from IAP is pretty mild stuff, and will only rile "the biblical literalist, six-day creationist-type people". ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey
Science no match for religion, politics, business interests
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.