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Go to: Ricky Gervais and The Archbishop Of Canterbury

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You can see them being flimed during the broadcast here:

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 14:15:00 UTC | #250973

Go to: Eoin Colfer to write sixth Hitchhiker's Guide book

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Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:19:00 UTC | #236532

Go to: Evolution fine but no apology to Darwin: Vatican

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The living descendants of Darwin are not that much fussed about apologies from the churches:

'Andrew Darwin, a great-great grandson of the scientist, said: "Why bother? When an apology is made after 200 years, it's not so much to right a wrong, but to make the person or organisation making the apology feel better." '

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 05:09:00 UTC | #236397

Go to: Letter from Sir Richard Roberts asking Reiss to step down

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In case you missed it, Reiss' clarification from the Royal Society Website:

"Some of my comments about the teaching of creationism have been misinterpreted as suggesting that creationism should be taught in science classes. Creationism has no scientific basis. However, when young people ask questions about creationism in science classes, teachers need to be able to explain to them why evolution and the Big Bang are scientific theories but they should also take the time to explain how science works and why creationism has no scientific basis. I have referred to science teachers discussing creationism as a worldview'; this is not the same as lending it any scientific credibility."

Also it may help to read the articles that have led to the Laureates calling for Reiss to step down, which I have covered and linked to in my blog.

The point is that Reiss said that creationism should be challenged when brought up in class by students (not teachers) with science.

I would not want him sacked for that suggestion. If anything that is what I wish was happening now!

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 12:09:00 UTC | #235023

Go to: Creationism call divides Royal Society

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Thanks Brian for your comment.

He could equally be a godsend like Ken Miller for science education.

The point is whether he is the best person for advocating science education, in the face of religious attempts to have intelligent design taught in the classroom. That is what the Nobel Laureates mentioned are concerned about.

As always it comes down to which approach to take - the feather or the hammer - with creationists. Means matter as much as ends, but I fear we are being spined on this story to sound like we are witch hunting religious people in science.

I especially do not like it when I think most of us agree with creationist students in the classroom being challenged with science. As Dawkins' latest programme showed teachers do not want to go there.

Sun, 14 Sep 2008 23:59:00 UTC | #234706

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