I have strong opinions about creationism, but I usually don’t voice them here.  Even discussing it is giving it too much attention.  I prefer just to ignore it, like I ignore astrology, palm reading and other crazy pseudo-sciences.

The reason I mention it today is that today a new Danish website on evolution goes online: evolution.dk

The purpose is to present the science of evolution (yeah, it is called the theory of evolution, but it is science, damn it!) and discuss the various myths about it made up by creationists and their pseudo scientist bedfellows in “intelligent” design.

Anyway, rant off…

I guess it is good to have some public discussion of this, even if I would prefer to kill it with silence.  After all, if only one part in the discussion is heard, you will get the wrong impression about the controversy.  Mind you, the controversy I’m referring to here is not a scientific one, but one between scientists and religion.

And there is a bit of a debate going on now in the media.  Tonight there will be a television show on it, and there was a piece on the new website in my morning paper today.

We also have two seminars on this next week at BiRC, that I plan to attend.  The speakers are not from BiRC but from Science Studies, the group we share our building with.

Anyway, if you can read Danish, go check out their website.


Author: Thomas Mailund

My name is Thomas Mailund and I am a research associate professor at the Bioinformatics Research Center, Uni Aarhus. Before this I did a postdoc at the Dept of Statistics, Uni Oxford, and got my PhD from the Dept of Computer Science, Uni Aarhus.

2 thoughts on “evolution.dk”

  1. While I sympathize with your distaste for engaging creationiosm and intelligent design, it won’t go away of you (we) ignore it. Quite the contrary. In the U.S. (where I am) we cannot afford to ignore it — it has too much political clout.

  2. I guess you are right. I just wish it wasn’t so.

    Creationism is fairly new here. We’ve been teaching evolution as part of the biology curriculum for a hundred years, and polls show that at least 80% of the population believes in it. I don’t think you can find 1% of ethnic Danes who believe in the literal text of the bible. The (very few) religious people I know, which includes two priests, do not. As for immigrants, I don’t know. I would guess that the number for people who believe in creation is higher.

    But yes, creationism is coming here as well now, and it is probably better to stop it now before it grows.

    I just don’t want to give anyone the impression that it is a scientific discussion. It is faith against science, not scientists discussing whether evolution is true or not.

    Well, maybe it shouldn’t even be seen as faith against science, since most people are happy to consider evolution compatible with their faith.

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