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Sunday, April 06, 2003

Evolution


Matthew Yglesias has an excellent post here:
The debate between creationists and evolutionists in the public schools, however, takes a different form. The creationists have a (religiously-inspired) view of what the truth is about the origins of species, and the evolutionists have a different view. Both sides agree, however, on the higher-order issue that public schools ought to teach the truth about this question to their students. Neither side thinks it ought to be illegal to have a different opinion about the truth, but both sides agree that the school system ought to be trying to instill the truth in students. The positions, therefore, are essentially parallel. We have a dispute about what is true rather than a dispute about the legitimate limits of state power.

Read the whole thing.

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