November 29, 2002
Words, Science, and the State of Evolution
In many ways, words are a scientist's enemy. They lack the precision of numbers, and their potential ambiguity makes them ill suited to describe or help predict physical phenomena. Opponents of science can also use words to confuse matters when it comes to scientific education.
In the nationwide attack on science teaching in public schools, the latest battleground is Ohio, and the newest weapon is careful wording that appears to accept evolution as the basis of our modern understanding
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