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‘Belief’ in evolution?

June 27th, 2011 · No Comments

‘Belief’ in evolution? It may be the wrong word

When the contestants in the Miss USA pageant last week were asked whether evolution should be taught in schools, many volunteered that they either “believed” or “didn’t believe” in the concept.

“I don’t believe in evolution,” said Miss Alabama. “They should teach both sides since some people believe in evolution and some people believe in creation,” said Miss Arizona. “It’s something people believe in,” said Miss Florida. “I believe in evolution . . . and I like to believe in, like, the big bang theory,” said Miss California, who won the crown.

Some scientists were not impressed, saying the use of the word belief as applied to evolution confused science with faith and discounted evolution’s central role in biology.

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