How Anti-Evolution Bills Evolve In US?

Posted: Dec 18 2015, 7:09am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


How Anti-Evolution Bills Evolve in US?
American teacher John Thomas Scopes (1900 - 1970) (2nd from left) standing in the courtroom during his trial for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution in his high school science class, Dayton, Tennessee, 1925. Getty Images
  • The Evolution of Pro-Creationism Policies in US

There has been some research into the evolution of anti-evolution policies in educational institutions of the United States.

The politics of creationism has had a checkered history. In fact, it has positively evolved with the times. The legislation which was used to promote anti-evolution in schools was analyzed using software for creating genetic family trees.

The various bills that got passed willy-nilly seemed to show generic resemblances like plants and animals do in the world at large. Some of the bills are not original in their nature. They are mere carbon copies of other bills in other states.  

"Some of the bills don't make sense, they've been copied from another state and changed without thought," said Dr Matzke, and evolutionary biologist from the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Biology. "They are not terribly intelligently designed."

For one thing, the design of these bills is not very intelligent in its origin. It fumbles, stumbles and falls. The legislation against evolution being taught in school textbooks began in the 1920s.

This was the Scopes Monkey Trial. The range of arguments that have been promoted to ban or modify the teaching of evolution as a science are a mixed lot.

The software that was applied to this problem is normally used to study animals, viruses and fossils. Even textbooks have had the software applied to them. 

Some 64 bills were examined from 2004 onwards. In 2005, the decision was reached that teaching intelligent design went against the constitutional viability of the United States.

Other subsequent anti-evolution campaigns built on previous examples. Creationism has built some clout since its early days.

"Creationism is getting stealthier in the wake of legal defeats, but techniques from the study of evolution reveal how creationist legislation is evolving," Dr Matzke said.

One thing that is beyond a shadow of doubt is that as the days pass into months and years, creation science becomes wilier and more cleverer in defending itself against evidence to the contrary.

It’s almost like it has built a certain immunity to the opposition. The lawmakers have evolved to create a certain number of loopholes in the system that benefit the blind faith of creationists.  

Such scientific blunders as cloning and global warming show that while science creates a ton of solutions, it also generates problems in a haphazard manner.

Critically analyzing science and the scientific method is just the latest act of putting everything into question including the questions themselves. This may yield some potential benefit but it normally results in a postmodern blind alley of analysis paralysis.

Louisiana and Tennessee have faced legislation regarding banning textbooks that promote evolution. While the creationists don’t call it creationism as such, they employ several underhand methods of introducing their agenda as a subtext within the dry and dull evolutionist narrative.

Creationism is more interesting and shows greater warmth in its plot than the cold and calculated rationality of evolutionary science. It is a case of a beautiful lie being more attractive than an ugly fact.   

"This analysis shows that most of these bills can be tied back to creationism through the presence or absence of phrases that give away their shared history," Dr Matzke said.

This study is published in the journal Science.

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