RE: Viewpoint discrimination or careless reading.

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Thu Oct 06 2005 - 11:49:14 EDT


We clearly do not agree about what is "fair" for a science professor to
"discuss." Note please that "discuss" does not mean "advocate" or "teach in
any way whatsoever."

Part of the problem with science and the public is, IMO, the fact that
science faculty so often utterly ignore criticisms of evolution. Such
criticisms exist. I know that no one on panda's thumb (e.g.) will admit
that any of them could ever have any validity in any possible universe, but
this does nothing to alter the fact that such criticisms exist.

If a professor wants to discuss the notion of "irreducible complexity," so
that students understand what this point is about, that's just good
educational pedagogy. Sure, it takes class time from yet one more example
of biocehmical pathways or DNA sequences, but so what? We always have to
omit things that someone else might teach in their course. The journal
Nature, in late April, even went so far as to advocate in the lead editorial
that science professors should share their religious views with students!
Surely it can't be inadmissible in Idaho, for a biology professor to talk
about the bacterial flagellum??

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