Sean Carroll on Wisconsin Science Teachers’ Podcast

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There’s a recent interview with Sean Carroll, author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful and The Making of the Fittest on the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers podcast. Carroll has some pointed remarks about efforts to weaken the teaching of evolution in the public schools:

I really can’t paint this in too rosy of a picture. We’ve been the destination for the rest of the world for education and for training and even without this controversy the rest of the world has been catching up in various ways. But now if you look at the climate in the United States, we’ve so handcuffed things like stem cell research with public officials making preposterous statements about evolutionary science. We have an administration that has denied the global warming data until I guess it probably just couldn’t resist it any longer and you have if you look at some of the agencies, I will point the finger at the FDA, you have scientific decisions being made by ideologues. Now, [if] that goes on for a number of years it’s demoralizing to the scientific community.

And more. (He also talks about icefish.)

There’s a bunch of other podcasts on their site that look good too, especially for teachers.

RBH

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I just read Carroll’s “The Making of the Fittest” and found it to be generally terrific, but.….. - Please take your politics out of science; you’ll sound less shrill and more reasonable. Science doesn’t care what you think. - I have yet to hear anyone tie objections to embryonic stem cell research to evolutionary science, or at least anyone with any meaning full audience (Usenet wingnuts don’t count). - Think that human induced global warning is “proved”?? Then go ask Dr. Claude Allegre, who is a good example of a scientist who can set aside his politics (Socialism)

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