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[Susan notes: Author makes a wonderful point about our science failures at the very top of government.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

One reason we are losing dominance in the sciences is the influence of creationism, which has reached into the highest offices of government. For example, the dominant force determining our policy on stem cell research is not science but a religion that holds that evolution never occurred.

Creationists have been very successful in suppressing the teaching of evolution in high schools in parts of the United States, and are now building theme parks for children based on creation "science" (Arts & Ideas, May 1).

Would you hire a geologist who believes that the Grand Canyon was caused by Noah's flood? Would you hire a bacteriologist, geneticist or oncologist who had no knowledge of the function of mutation in nature? Talk about a loss of dominance in science how about a loss of reason?

James V. Bradley, retired h.s. biology teacher

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