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C-SPAN Presents Civilized Discussion of Kansas Evolution Hearings, Featuring Discovery Institute Rep

John G. West

If you don’t think a civilized discussion of the evolution controversy is possible, watch the May 7 edition of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” which held a low-key and eminently reasonable discussion of the Kansas hearings and the controversy over how best to teach evolution. The program featured Mark Ryland, director of Discovery Institute’s Washington, D.C. office, and Peter Folger of the American Geophysical Union. If only the Darwinists in Kansas were as respectful and dignified as Mr. Folger! You can watch the program on the web by going here and clicking on the program for May 7. The discussion of evolution starts about an hour and twenty-two minutes into the show.

The only jarring part of the program was a phone interview with Kansas assistant commissioner of education Alexa Posny, who frankly didn’t seem to know what she was talking about. Ms. Posny stated that the purpose of the hearings in Kansas was to consider including alternatives to evolution in the Kansas science standards. She made a similar claim about the recommendations of the minority report of the Kansas science standards committee. Ms. Posny was wrong on both counts. If she had actually read the minority report, she would know that it does NOT advocate including alternatives to evolution in the Kansas science standards. All it does is call for the inclusion of scientific criticisms of evolutionary theory along with the evidence that supports the theory. Someone on the Kansas Board of Education might want to talk with Ms. Posny before she has further opportunities to spread confusion and misinformation about what is happening in Kansas.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.