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Fundamental science from science

  1. 1. authorbio education: bioscience literacy in the classroomTim M. Berra, Separating Religious Fundamentalist "Science" from SciencePh.D., is By Tim M. BerraProfessor An ActionBioscience.org original articleEmeritus in theDepartment ofEvolution, articlehighlightsEcology, and Evolution is attacked by religious fundamentalists, a small minority, who:Organismal • refute scientific evidence using Scripture as their sole argumentBiology at Ohio • use political lobbying to force their beliefs on the general publicState Universityin Mansfield. • promote confusion and science illiteracy to mask their intentionsHe is a two-timeFulbright ...more on author proponents of Intelligent Design and responses to their views by evolutionists, see the 4/02 Natural History article "Intelligent Design?" at http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/nhmag.html] ConclusionConclusion: The scientific method is the most successful approach for discovering how theScience and natural world operates. Scientific hypotheses are continually tested and re-testedreligion should before theories are presented to explain the workings of nature. Science does notnot be at odds try to explain God or the supernatural. Such matters are outside the realm ofsince each science. Sciences domain is the natural world and the scientific method has beenfunction in a spectacularly successful at discovering knowledge about this world.different realm. © 2001, American Institute of Biological Sciences. This article incorporates ideas from Evolution and the Myth of Creationism by Tim Berra (1990, Stanford University Press). Educators have permission to reprint articles for classroom use; other users, please contact editor for reprint permission. See reprint policy. About the author: Tim M. Berra, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University in Mansfield. He is a a two-time Fulbright Fellowship recipient and the author of over 50 scientific papers and five books, most recently Freshwater Fish Distribution (Academic Press). Dr. Berra received his Ph.D. in biology from Tulane University in 1969. http://www.mansfield.ohio-state.edu/~tberra/

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