"Facts" and Facts

Wed, 6 Dec 1995 13:35:12 CST

I see that G. Laden was not an appropriate target for my barbs (not
flames, I hope) at obscurantism. On the subject of public
anti-creationism: I once passed up the chance to appear on a TV show in
Kansas City to defend evolutionism, when I learned that the interviewer
and audience would be fundamentalist Christians. Our University
president later expressed his relief that I had not accepted the
invitation, because he thought to have appeared in such a format would
have been demeaning to the University. It is important to teach
science; and it is important to avoid inadvertently reinforcing the
impression that there is a *scientific* debate between scientific
evolutionism and "scientific creationism." --Bob Graber