Emporia biologist John Richard Schrock argues in a commentary in today’s Eagle that scientists were wrong to boycott the Kansas State Board of Education hearings on evolution earlier this year. Although I supported that boycott, I now wonder if Schrock isn’t right.
As he argues, the boycott left the field to ID proponents and fed their claims that mainstream scientists couldn’t defend the theory — a ludicrous charge, but some Kansans believed it. Scientists, says Schrock, didn’t just appear arrogant — “we were arrogant.”
Scientists must be much more aggressive in explaining and defending evolution and basic scientific principles to the public. By sitting back, they’ve allowed ID proponents to score points in the court of public opinion.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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