Should Schools Teach Creationism?
While few seriously endorse the literal Biblical story of Creation, ID on the other hand claims to highlight Darwinism's shortcomings on scientific grounds. Evolution is 'just a theory' after all. Surely in the spirit of encouraging critical thinking we should 'teach the controversy'? As science is about questioning received truths rather than establishing certainties for all time, does this not permit a more flexible approach to science education, where debate is encouraged? Further, the sheer complexity of evolutionary theory leads ID advocates to claim it is best to cultivate a critical eye in pupils, rather than have them take as truth a misunderstood Darwinian theory.
Is science, or 'scientism', just as fundamentalist as religion, arrogantly claiming to know everything, or are doubts such as these a reflection of scientists' failure to make the case properly for what science does have to offer? Is this merely another case of the 'balance fallacy': the mistaken belief that even falsehoods should be given air time? Or should schools teach creationism in science lessons?Speakers:
- Alex McLellan, Founder and Executive Director of Reason Why
- Dave Perks, Head of Physics at Graveney School in London
- Christopher Brookmyre, Novelist. Works include Boiling a Frog
- Julian Baggini, writer and philosopher
- Marc Surtees, Edinburgh Creation Group and Paradigm Shift
- Chair - Dr Tiffany Jenkins, Institute of Ideas
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