Understanding the Nature of Science: A Critical Part of the Public Acceptance of Evolution. Keith B. Miller Department of Geology Kansas State University.
Keith B. Miller
Department of Geology
Kansas State University
Widespread misconceptions of the nature of science underlie much of the popular resistance to the conclusions of modern science -- particularly evolution.
Science is a thinly disguised effort to promote a godless worldview.
1) a methodology
2) a search for chains of natural
Science is NOT:
1) a statement about the nature of
Supernatural action is a legitimate subject of scientific inquiry.
Evolution is inherently atheistic.
Evolution and Creation are two mutually exclusive choices.
True science deals with proven facts
Theories are mere speculation and philosophy
Historical sciences are not testable
There is no way to objectively select among “theories.” Theories win acceptance for political and social reasons.
Public opinion is a valid basis for determining public science curricula.
Good science is not determined by popular vote. Rather, it is the consensus of the community of science professionals that determines the currently best theories. That community includes individuals with a wide range of cultural and religious worldviews.