Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Evolution and creationism in Europe

Many people in the European academic community have a condescending view on the lack of scientific knowledge of the American population in general and also of their political class. While probably these concerns are fair, it would be useful to redirect part of it towards our own citizens and politicians here in Europe.

The Nature issue of a couple of weeks ago reports about how creationism is on the increase in Europe (at least the public awareness of what used to be a dormant line of 'thought'). They also have an interview with the leader of a European creationist group (who has a PhD in astrophysics and whose photo in the article seems to be taken by one of his enemies). Nature has also recently published the letter of Maciej Giertych, an MEP and scientist, with a PhD in population genetics, of the Polish Academy of Sciences in which he criticises evolution. The publication of this letter in a journal with the reputation of Nature has generated a considerable amount of controversy as can be seen in the letters send to the editor and published in the last issue.
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