Canadian Science Headed By Creationist?
Mar18

Canadian Science Headed By Creationist?

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail printed a story about the religious beliefs of the Canadian Minister of Science & Technology, Gary Goodyear.  When Goodyear commented to reporter Anne McIlroy that he wasn't "fussy on this business that we already know everything. ... I think we need to recognize that we don't know" and asked to clarify whether he was talking about a creator, I think the reporter found a better story than she the one she was expecting about Canadian science and the recent federal cuts to basic research funding. Goodyear refuses to discuss evolution because he is Christian and thinks being asked about his religion is inappropriate.  He is also a chiropractor and has taken chemistry, phsyics, and physiology courses during his education. Goodyear's response isn't an outright admission to creationist beliefs, but by citing "religious" reasons for not discussing evolution, he definitely tossed the ball into that arena.  To me, evolution really has nothing to do with religion.  The idea of a higher power doesn't have much bearing on the idea that organisms, over time, adapt to their environment via selective pressure etc.  Whether a divine force created these organisms is a different question, but evolution in and of itself is pretty much pure science—it can be observed, tested, repeated, and analyzed. But you, gentle readers, what do you think of Canada's Science & Technology Minister's refusal to discuss evolution—on grounds of religious beliefs?  Do you think someone who views evolution as a religious issue can successfully head a country's scientific efforts?  How diametrically opposed are the ideas of god and evolution, really?  Some of this is discussed in a recent C&ENtral Science post...

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