Archive for March 3rd, 2010


Darwin’s Nightmare

March 3, 2010

This trend has obviously been brewing for a while, but it’s interesting to see skeptics about evolution also now including climate change in their list of things about which to be skeptical.

In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

The bill, which has yet to be voted on, is patterned on even more aggressive efforts in other states to fuse such issues. In Louisiana, a law passed in 2008 says the state board of education may assist teachers in promoting “critical thinking” on all of those subjects.

Hey, awesome. I’m a fan of critical thinking too. What they should maybe require is that philosophers of science teach those courses. It’d be a win-win, since the classes could only benefit from having well-trained philosophers introduce the complex epistemological concepts associated with critical thinking about science, and many well-trained philosophers are currently failing to find employment.