Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Scientific Americans report on 2005 Evolution Conference

Scientific American has a fascinating article on a recent conference on evolution held on the Galapagos islands. The best quote I think in the article was this one and represents what science really is about, but most importantly also what it is doesn't do as anti-science opponents so often try to insinuate:
"Creationists and other outsiders contend that science is a cozy and insular club in which meetings are held to enforce agreement with the party line, to circle the wagons against any and all would-be challengers, and to achieve consensus on the most contentious issues. This conclusion is so wrong that it cannot have been made by anyone who has ever attended a scientific conference. The World Summit on Evolution, like most scientific conferences, revealed a science rich in history and tradition, data and theory, as well as controversy and debate. From this I conclude that the theory of evolution has never been stronger.
An incredibly true statement, because real science doesn't progress through popular votes, courtroom trials or any other such nonsense. Real science is carried out in a lab by researchers who have actual experimental data and results. Real science is determined in numerous peer reviewed journals all across the world. No amount of court cases or public affairs can change the fact IDists, creationists and other peddlers of anti-evolution/science nonsense will change that fact.

The entire article is well worth the read and raises numerous interesting points. It can be found right here.