Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Creating controversy - Nature Cell Biology

Creating controversy - Nature Cell Biology: "Editorial"

Of course, there is no scientific controversy over the basic tenets of evolution, and 'Intelligent design' has not been shown valid by any scientific criterion. Even so, the anti-evolution movement has had recent success with local school boards in the US. For example, the Cobb County School District in Georgia mandated that a disclaimer, stating that "evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things" be inserted into appropriate textbooks. This policy is currently under challenge in the US District Court. Also under court challenge is an October 2004 decision by the Dover Area School Board in Pennsylvania requiring biology teachers to present 'Intelligent design' as an alternative to evolution.

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