Rational Hero of the Week: Zack Kopplin--Justin Bieber with Brain. Fighting the Fight Against Anti-Science Ignorance
Zack Kopplin is a 19 year old Rhodes scholar and activist for scientific freedom. He has been working hard to overturn the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act allowing the teaching of creationism in the science classroom as an alternative to evolution. Frankly, this blogger is amazed that anyone can deny evolution. Paleontology, comparative anatomy, genetics, molecular biology, geology--none of these fields make any sense in the absence of evolutionary theory. But, I'm embarrassed to say that millions of Americans still live a life of denial and believe that the world was created in six days and that the planet is less than ten thousand years old. If you have this opinion, you can believe what you like, but don't victimize our youth with your ridiculous ideas. Mr. Kopplin was recently interviewed by Bill Moyers (another bastion of common sense). I do have one quibble with many other evolution proponents. I DO believe that creationism should be taught in the schools. In fact, when I was in high school I took a course entitled "Religions of the World" which compared the myths (including creation myths) of many different religions. What is completely improper is to allow these stories to be taught in the science classroom. "Scientific Creationism" or "Intelligent Design" are neither scientific nor intelligent. They are simply religious propaganda that, like tap dancing or finger painting, have no place in the science curriculum. So, keep going Zack and congratulations to you.
Scot Bastian Ph.D. is a scientist and artist who lives in Seattle WA.