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2012-02-20 11:25:40

Biologist Kenneth Miller speaks at AAAS Meeting Feb. 18 Vicious, winner-take-all competition in nature is an essential pillar of evolutionary theory, but it frequently describes the mindset people have about how, or whether, to teach the subject. Religious students sometimes come to class thinking that science and religion are in deliberate opposition, like two lionesses fighting over a kill. When Brown University biologist and practicing Catholic Kenneth Miller teaches evolution, he also...

2012-01-19 15:12:05

For students to accept the theory of evolution, an intuitive “gut feeling” may be just as important as understanding the facts, according to a new study. In an analysis of the beliefs of biology teachers, researchers found that a quick intuitive notion of how right an idea feels was a powerful driver of whether or not students accepted evolution–often trumping factors such as knowledge level or religion. “The whole idea behind acceptance of evolution has been the...

Creationism Vs Evolution - The Battle Continues In The UK
2011-09-21 05:17:06

  In an effort to curb the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design (ID) in British public schools, scientists have called on the government to toughen its guidance on their promotion in classrooms. The effort led by prominent scientists, including the naturalist David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins (an atheist), accuses religious fundamentalists as portraying Creationism and ID as scientific theory. They claim it is unacceptable to teach creationism and ID, whether it...

2011-02-18 17:17:48

Fierce debate over teaching evolution in public schools has raged across the United States since the epic courtroom battle between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow during the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial (State of Tennessee v. John Scopes). Science education researchers are now turning their attention to the Islamic world to determine whether teaching of evolution in schools spawns similar social controversy and what that means for the future of scientific thought across the globe....

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2010-03-11 08:35:00

High school and college students who understand the geological age of the Earth (4.5 billion years) are much more likely to understand and accept human evolution, according to a University of Minnesota study published in the March issue of the journal Evolution. The finding could give educators a new strategy for teaching evolution, since the Earth's age is typically covered in physical rather than biological science classes. Researchers Sehoya Cotner and Randy Moore, professors in College of...

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2010-01-26 09:11:03

Special issue explores how evolution can help doctors understand and treat disease What does evolution "“ a field that often deals with changes over many generations "“ have to do with preventing and treating disease in our lifetime? A lot, some scientists say. If recent recommendations are implemented, future physicians may soon be tested on evolution in medical entrance and licensing exams, says an international group of doctors and researchers. A collection of articles in the...

2009-05-06 15:29:35

A University of Minnesota study has determined high school biology teachers often shape their student's views about evolution and creationism. Professors Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner surveyed 1,000 university students taking introductory biology classes. They wanted to determine how biology majors view evolution compared with non-majors. The scientists said their results showed the two groups' views were similar and revealed high school biology teachers influence whether college students...

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2009-02-16 08:15:00

A failure to grasp the fundamentals of biological systems may be leaving K-12 teachers and students vulnerable to claims by intelligent design creationists, new-age homeopaths and other "hucksters," according to a University of Colorado at Boulder biology professor. On the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's classic book "The Origin of Species" that first described natural selection in detail, polls still show that only about one third of Americans believe evolution is supported by...

2008-09-12 00:00:09

By Steve Connor Creationism should be included in science lessons to reduce the confusion among the rising numbers of schoolchildren who have been brought up to reject the principles of evolution, one of the country's leading scientists said yesterday. Citing evidence that more than one in 10 children in British state schools now believes in creationism, Professor Michael Reiss, the director of education at the Royal Society, called for such beliefs to be discussed and debated in class by...

2008-08-02 03:00:08

By Lorentzen, Laura I don't remember when I first learned about the theory of evolution, but nowadays I find myself reading of it a great deal in the popular press and hearing it discussed in the media. As my daughter enters elementary school, I find myself anxious to discuss with her teachers what they will cover in science class and where in their curriculum they plan to teach evolution. OUR COUNTRY HAS LAWS THAT SEPARATE church and state. Public institutions like schools must be neutral...