Monday, January 17, 2005

Intellectual Darwinism

In yesterday's New York Times yet another story of a school committee -- this time in Dover, Pennsylvania -- seeking to impose an alternative to "Darwinism" in the science curriculum.

Yes, "Darwinism" is a fair enough name for the idea that organisms evolve by random mutations and natural selection. But here is another kind of "Darwinism" that it would be good to teach in science classes, defined by the words of the great man himself: "I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free, so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved, as soon as facts are shown to be opposed to it."