Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Evolution, Creationism and Scientifc Method - lecture by Jerry Coyne

I highly recommend this May 2008 lecture by Jerry Coyne (profile) 'RNA to Human, A symposium on Evolution'. Video - watch it (its an hour well spent!)

About 15 minutes from the end of the lecture Coyne says "What can we do?"
  • Teach the evidence for Evolution
  • Teach the meaning of Theory in Science
  • Emphasis the distinction between the natural and supernatural explanation, and the impotence of the latter.
  • don't debate creationists 1 on 1, unless you really know what you are doing!
  • educate yourself about the controversy (go to National Centre for Science Education)
  • give public lectures on Evolution (to Church groups etc)
  • the only way to increase belief in Evolution is too reduce religious belief!!
  • religion is the enemy of Rationalism
  • do not subscribe to view that Religion (Superstition) is compatible with Science (Rationalism)

Entire symposium:

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