Probably the single greatest public misconception out there when it comes to political and public battles over evolution is that ornery word: theory. Even our governor seems a bit befuddled about the concept, as seen in a short news story today at WJHG:
Governor Charlie Crist is taking a wait and see attitude.
“I think the way it’s been handled historically in Florida is probably appropriate. It’s been introduced and discussed in terms of being a theory. I don’t know if there’s a need for a change in that. But I’ll leave the decision to the board.”
Perhaps a big push to clarify the meaning of a scientific theory is in order. How do we educate the decision makers and the general public about this? If you have any particularly good links to resources that clearly explain what a theory is in science, please leave them in the comments. Here are a few to get us started.
TalkOrigins. PBS online course. National Academy Press. Wikipedia. Video on YouTube.