I am watching Becoming Human: Last Human Standing on PBS’s Nova. I also watched the earlier two episodes in the series this morning: First Steps and Birth of Humanity. These shows are why I love PBS–insightful and enlightening programs that draw on amazing scientific discoveries. Specifically, this series demonstrates how we humans came to be the way we are. It employs archaeological evidence and fossil records to create the narrative of human evolution. It is well worth seeing.
Bill Nye the Science Guy dishes on the importance of science education and in particular the necessity of teaching evolution in the science/biology classroom in a Popular Mechanics interview. In the following Question and Answer, Nye points out the facticity of evolution and a possible solution for teaching “intelligent design” that I believe is spot-on:
Q: Should teachers be mandated to teach evolution as fact?
A: What other fundamental theory in all of biology is there? Intelligent design, as the judge in Dover, Penn., said, is “breathtaking inanity.” It was so stupid it took his breath away. I agree with him. It’s great to teach in history class, though. People believed the earth was the center of the universe. People believed the earth was flat. It was reasonable at the time, but we don’t learn about those ideas in science class.
Read the full interview here: Evolution in Science Education – Bill Nye on Evolution in Science Education – Popular Mechanics.