Jerry Coyne throwdown

While not yet descended into witch burning, it seems like rejecting the entire institution of science is the “in thing” to do nowadays in the US, much like it was in Europe in the 15th century. During a Republican presidential debate a couple of weeks ago, the moderators asked the candidates whether or not they believed in evolution. Three of nine said no. In a follow-up, Senator Sam Brownback wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times “defending” his position.

Here is an essay from University of Chicago professor of ecology and evolution Jerry Coyne responding to Brownback. From my perspective the key point made is that anti-evolution is really a euphemism for anti-science, and that someone who doesn’t understand or believe in science obviously isn’t qualified to lead the US.

On a related note, there was a brilliant article in the May 18th issue of Science about childhood origins of adult resistance to science; here’s the abstract and here’s the article (you need a subscription to Science to read the article).


6 Responses to “Jerry Coyne throwdown”

  1. Bessonov Says:

    How is your process,Do you still keep your word that new computer services will on mark in 2008.

  2. Geordie Says:

    Bessonov: Yes.

  3. skd911 Says:

    Interesting topic. I think not only in US, people don’t believe in evolution. Here in my country Bulgaria there are many people that don’t believe in evolution and some of them are educated. I think there is enough evidence for evolution, maybe more than enough, but for these people the evidence is never enough.

  4. combineguard Says:

    Can you tell me is there any goverment department told you not sell your services to foreigner , i worry about this because i interested in your system and i am a chinese.

  5. Geordie Says:

    combineguard: Anyone can request access to a system. If you are interested in access send an email to

  6. combineguard Says:

    thank you Geordie. I will .my english teacher is a canadian and i like canada . i will travel to canada if i have changce.i am developing a new web search engine so i need every webpage stored in a speical way while the user input some keywords the engine will give every webpage a mark shows relationship between the webpage and the keyword then the result will index by the mark and show to user. so i think you can imagine how many data i need to i think your work may help the way welcome to china in 2008.

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