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Darwinism Defeated in South Korea

From the pages of the prestigious scientific journal Nature:

A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx.

Even the nation’s leading science institute — the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — has a creation science display on campus. “The exhibition was set up by scientists who believed in creation science back in 1993,” says Gab-duk Jang, a pastor of the campus church. The institute also has a thriving Research Association for Creation Science, run by professors and students, he adds.

a survey of trainee teachers in the country concluded that religious belief was not a strong determinant of their acceptance of evolution. It also found that 40% of biology teachers agreed with the statement that “much of the scientific community doubts if evolution occurs”; and half disagreed that “modern humans are the product of evolutionary processes”.

South Korean Darwinists Surrender to Creationists

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2 Responses to Darwinism Defeated in South Korea

  1. Sal – here’s a better title for your article:

    “Darwinists forced to Keep Textbooks Up to Date in South Korea Despite Vigorous Protest From The Darwin Lobby”

  2. Hi,

    I simply wanted to break the news and hoped for further insight and commentary from UD authors and commenters.

    johhnyb’s follow on can be found here Is Nature Presenting the Whole Story about South Korea.

    Thanks for the follow on, johnnyb!

    Bottom line, I think this is good news despite some bad.

    Evolutionary theories don’t deserve to be elevated to the status of other scientific theories:

    In science’s pecking order, evolutionary biology lurks somewhere close to the bottom, far closer to [the pseudoscience of] phrenology than to physics.

    Jerry Coyne

    Therefore even on the grounds of good science, its dubious that evoutionism should be in high school textbooks except for the fact that to be literate in reading biological literature, one needs to be familiar with the pseudo scientific evolutionary ideas that are part of current literature.

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