The Lakeland Ledger published a second part to their story on the disconnect betweens citizens and science today: Public, Private Schools Diverge in Handling of Biology, Cosmology. (My post about the first article is here.)
There isn’t anything new revealed in either yesterday’s or today’s articles. Public schools are supposed to teach evolution while private religious schools can teach creationism. The insights provided in today’s article by some religious school students who have gone on to science related careers are interesting. But the reality, as they demonstrate, is that you can learn and retain what you must in order to perform in your chosen field, but you can also easily discard what you don’t believe if it isn’t something necessary to your daily work. Sad but true. Notice how one such person who is in the immunology field accepts some parts of evolution but not others:
Rice said he knows his acceptance of the Bible as the ultimate authority sets him apart from most scientists, but he said it “presents far fewer challenges in my professional life than one might think.” He stressed that it would be “foolish” to ignore the evolutionary nature of cells, viruses and organisms in his work as an immunologist, noting that each year’s development of an influenza vaccine relies upon an understanding of how the flu virus mutates and adapts.
Rice said he doesn’t consider acceptance of all the dominant scientific theories mandatory for being a good scientist.
“They may help a scientist form a particular approach, but I do not think he must hold fast to the tenets of natural selection above all else in order to achieve his goals and answer the questions that deeply interest him,” Rice said.
Other than one glaring error in yesterday’s article (that might have been just a simple typo that changed the whole meaning of the sentence), I think the reporter did a decent job on these articles. What do you think?