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[Susan notes: The author, a retired biology teacher and author of How Species Change, to be published by Chelsea House Publishers in 2006), provides new food for thought: Proponents of intelligent design are fighting more than evolution. They want to cast doubt on future scientific reports, especially on global warming.]

Published in New York Times
08/22/2005

To the editor

"Politicized Scholars Put Evolution on the Defensive" and "In Explaining Life's Complexity, Darwinists and Doubters Clash.": A Debate over Darwin (NYT, Aug 21, 22, 2005)

The articles in "A Debate Over Darwin" state that the Discovery Institute has spent 3.6 million dollars to further the acceptance of intelligent design as a viable alternative view to evolution as taught in our public schools. It also notes an operations budget of 1.3 million dollars per annum, and the hiring of 50 researchers and production of some 50 books on intelligent design.

One wonders what the scientific community is doing to counter this onslaught on science. There is not a single high school text that uses evolution as a
unifying theme for teaching biology. There is a biochemical approach, an ecological approach, a phylogenetic approach, etc., but no evolutionary
approach.

One way to counter the basically religious push for intelligent design (creationism) is for the scientific community to produce such a book, along
with summer college programs to familiarize teachers with labs and teaching techniques, and a more than adequate protection against law suits.

Both of the Times articles failed to mention another goal of the proponents of intelligent design, that is to plant doubt about the validity of science in the minds of students and parents. Certain politicians realize that future scientific reports, especially on global warming, will emphasize the declining ecological health of our planet. Instilling doubt about science in the mind of the public will be a great help to such conservative polititians in counteracting those reports.

James V. Bradley


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