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Message 20 of 70 (692810)
03-07-2013 4:36 PM
Reply to: Message 19 by KevinAthans
03-07-2013 4:31 PM

Hi Kevin,
Would it make you all happy if I said the history of science is more important to non-scientists than a science class is? I still think a biologist should read Darwin, but to your average person, I still think A history of science course does a lot more than a biology course...
That depends on the purpose of this history of science course or biology course. If the purpose is to educate individuals on the cultural issues surrounding Darwinian evolution, then yes, a history of science course would be quite instructive. On the other hand, if the purpose is to, for example, show the students that there is scientific evidence for the evolutionary theory, then a biology course is preferable. It really depends on the purpose.

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Message 21 of 70 (692812)
03-07-2013 4:42 PM

I think some of us might be talking past each other.
E.g., Kevin argued that:
The history of science is more important, in my opinion, than a degree in science. Most biologists have not even read Darwin’s works. Without an understanding of the origins of the things they study, how can they know what they are studying?
What we need here is context. Is an education in the history of science more important than an education in science? That completely depends on one's purpose. You cannot say that one is more important than the other unless you define the context.
For example, in discussing the cultural issues surrounding evolution, investigating the history of science might be beneficial in demonstrating to creationists that the goal of evolutionary theory really isn't to turn everyone into atheists. On the other hand, if a city is being hit with a new virus strain, a degree in science is going to do far more good for the city than an education in the history of science.

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