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Excellent article in the Financial Times

Postby Ian Lowe » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:00 pm

Financial Times.com

"For Mackay, evolution is a myth promoted by "scoffers" and every word in Genesis is a literal truth. The world was created in six 24-hour periods and all living creatures, including those that have since become extinct, were made on days four, five and six of creation. The Tree of Knowledge was a real tree, Eve was created from Adam's spare rib and Shem really did live to be 600."

"one of the geologists is concerned: "You think he's a nice old buffer, but maybe it's more worrying - he's much more fundamental than I expected: he doesn't really leave any time for questions at all and spins his answers out to 12 minutes so nobody else can speak. Is he on the same side as these creationists in America who are throwing science teachers out of school?"

We have written a letter of response.
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Postby Ian Lowe » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:48 am

We had a letter published in the Financial Times, Saturday edition:

Sir,

Rob Blackhurst asks if creationism is really likely to flourish in Britian (FT.com October 14th). The British Centre for Science Education is deeply concerned that this unpleasant vision is a very real possibility.

Despite the Intelligent Design concept being completely discredited in the United States, a group calling itself "Truth in Science" has sent materials to every school in the country, attempting to whip up a controversy that does not, in fact, exist in modern science.

Far from being an affable eccentric, John Mackay and his compatriots represent a well funded group with a clear agenda to change our society in ways that few of us would support. Some UK universities are already incorporating remedial classes to challenge the damage done by the teaching of creationism. The UK's position at the forefront of the bioscience and biotechnology industry depends on high quality science education and is clearly under threat.

The Royal Society and the Church of England are in full agreement on this issue - creationism has no place in our science classes. We would encourage your readers to make sure that the Creationists get the message.

Ian Lowe,
British Centre for Science Education
Ian Lowe
 

Postby Roger Stanyard » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:10 am

Well done Ian! Great News!

Moreover, you got it in on a Saturday - best day of the week.

We continue to move.

Roger


PS, the former media editor of the FT, Ray Snoddy is an old pal of mine. It's in my in-tray to contact him.


Ian Lowe wrote:We had a letter published in the Financial Times, Saturday edition:

Sir,

Rob Blackhurst asks if creationism is really likely to flourish in Britian (FT.com October 14th). The British Centre for Science Education is deeply concerned that this unpleasant vision is a very real possibility.

Despite the Intelligent Design concept being completely discredited in the United States, a group calling itself "Truth in Science" has sent materials to every school in the country, attempting to whip up a controversy that does not, in fact, exist in modern science.

Far from being an affable eccentric, John Mackay and his compatriots represent a well funded group with a clear agenda to change our society in ways that few of us would support. Some UK universities are already incorporating remedial classes to challenge the damage done by the teaching of creationism. The UK's position at the forefront of the bioscience and biotechnology industry depends on high quality science education and is clearly under threat.

The Royal Society and the Church of England are in full agreement on this issue - creationism has no place in our science classes. We would encourage your readers to make sure that the Creationists get the message.

Ian Lowe,
British Centre for Science Education
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