Apropos Eugenie Scott’s recent commencement address at University of Missouri, the always deep-thinking Jerry Coyne is once again scratching his head. Why? Because she encouraged the use of critical thinking skills–but wasn’t as absolute as Coyne would like.
But why is it always the psychics, the homeopaths, and the astrologers who take it in the neck when scientists attack irrationality? What about the most widespread form of irrationality?
That would be religion, you see. You know who we’re talking about. People who go to church and to temple. Worse, people who go to church and temple and then (splutters over his coffee) their lab!!?
Coyne: “Isn’t it weird that pro-science organizations gleefully take out after every form of superstition save the one that’s most pervasive?”
Yeah. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that a majority of pro-science American high school and college students subscribe to that last “superstition” and that they don’t seem to be exactly out-competing U.S. non-science majors (or their counterparts in other countries) for their degrees. But hey, why should the National Center for Science Education care about that?
Earlier in the post Coyne writes that he can’t imagine giving a commencement address. Given his cluelessness about science education, we can’t either. And we hope he never does.