We learn through the study of science that the world is not capricious, that there is a majestic order and beauty that emerges from understanding. Science leads to a more optimistic view of the possibilities of humans. For some it also leads to a greater appreciation of the divine.
Is there a conflict between science and religion? The religious organizations representing most Americans clearly don't think so. Interestingly, the science organizations representing most American scientists don't think so either.
Unfortunately, many politicians in America are gripped by an anti-science fervor. That's why it is so important that humanists were able to work with Rep. Rush Holt on a Darwin Day resolution, which was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
What's the relationship between gun control, religion and views on abortion? A new survey sheds some light, while a Washington, D.C. minister vows to continue his fight against gun violence through forging a "cross lobby" for gun control.
Our Darwin problem is really a science problem. The easier it becomes to depict the scientific enterprise as a special interest immersed in the culture wars, the easier it becomes to reject scientific findings. We see this everywhere in American culture and politics today.
Charles Darwin's 201st birthday is today. It's worth celebrating not only because of his great contributions to science, but also because of the practical ways his theory of evolution has improved medicine.