The Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research is trying to start a master's degree in "science education". Here is an article from the Austin American-Statesman (thanks DG): Leading scientists oppose creation institute's degree plan. (see contact info below to take action.)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"Creationism" and "Intelligent Design" are two different words for the same thing (with a bit more window-dressing in the second term). Creationism is not evidence-based and not, like all good science, open to falsification. It is a story written by people in a very different time, from within one of many religions the world has seen. If you choose to believe it as fact, that is your choice, but it is not science and has no place in a science curriculum. I have no objection to it being discussed in a comparative religion class, though.
There are real consequences to confusing creationism with science. For example, to deny the theory of evolution is to deny an understanding of how drug-resistant bacteria arise. Or avian flu. So if your physician tells you he is a creationist, I would find another doctor.
Here is the contact info for Raymund Paredes (see story):
Higher Education Coordinating Board (Texas)
Raymund Paredes, Commissioner
Dr. Joseph Stafford, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Research
Contact: Linda Battles
Academic Affairs and Research
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 427-6200
Fax: (512) 427-6168
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Also, the individual mentioned by David in the first Comment, Stephen Schafersman, is part of Texas Citizens for Science. For some reason, the Wikipedia page for TCS is up for deletion, perhaps due to creationist forces? If you have a Wikipedia login, please indicate that you do not want the page deleted (whichever side of the debate you are on).
[Media Credit: Photo Illustration by Jane Pojawa
Every religion incorporates a myth of how the world was created. This illustration depicts the creation myths of Hindism, Navaho, Aztec, Egyptian, Christian, Aboriginal, Jewish and Islam.]