Great minds shape the thinking of successive historical periods. Luther and Calvin inspired the Reformation; Locke, Leibniz, Voltaire and Rousseau, the Enlightenment. Modern thought is most dependent on the influence of Charles Darwin.
you really have to see this show on the Dover Trial, it is really well done (no surprise for NOVA).
Robot Insurance is no laughing matter. November 1995 Saturday Night Live skit-commercial with Sam Waterson.
Kansas Debate Challenges Science Itself [AP via Yahoo!]
The Kansas school board’s hearings on evolution weren’t limited to how the theory should be taught in public schools. The board is considering redefining science itself. Advocates of “intelligent design” are pushing the board to reject a definition limiting science to natural explanations for what’s observed in the world.
Instead, they want to define it as “a systematic method of continuing investigation,” without specifying what kind of answer is being sought. The definition would appear in the introduction to the state’s science standards.
For those of you that don’t know, I grew up in rural Kansas and spent the first 25 years of my life there.
Watched the first half of Origins on PBS tonight. Highly recommended.