Book Review

Weanée Kimblewood

National Academy of Sciences & Institute of Medicine:
Science, Evolution, and Creationism.

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: National Academies Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0309105862
ISBN-13: 978-0309105866
Price: $ 12.95

Sugar-coated facts from the USA

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According to a Gallup poll conducted in May 2008, 44 percent [or 135 million] of all U.S. citizens “believe that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years”, while 14 percent “believe that God didn’t play any role in this process”. To approach the magic 15 percent hurdle within the next few de­cades, a brave group of scientists, assembled by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine, recently published a booklet on Science, Evolution and Creationism. It is structured like a chapter from a junior high school biology textbook. The authors first explain some fundamental methods of traditional scientific research and then document the immense evidence in support of biological evolution.

In the brochure’s third part, the authors try to adjust the unorthodox perspectives that are promoted by disciples of creationism and intelligent design in the USA and elsewhere. All this, the NAS authors do kindly and with empathy. They sugar-coat their arguments to avoid offence and try to share the fact that an acceptance of evolution can be compatible with religious faith. In the face of such politically correct stuff, pro-evolution hardliners such as Richard Dawkins, known in the media as “Darwin’s Rottweiler”, would probably suffer from a rage attack.

Anyway, it would be interesting to check whether the brave authors of Science, Evolution and Creationism succeed in their efforts to impart their message to U.S. readers. Lab Times has investigated, and gathered the following comments:

  • “Do not read this book!” (G.W. Bush, Washington D.C., USA)
  • “A pestilent work of the devil. Steer clear of it!” (Kent Hovind, c/o Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield, USA)
  • “The enclosed arguments are not conclusive, nor have they been validated scientifically.” (Joseph Alois Ratzinger, Vatican City).

Letzte Änderungen: 16.07.2013