Dinosaurs and trilobites. Why did you exclude the latter?
He also writes,
Scientific Literacy is broader than just evolution. Evolution is perhaps the poster child for the acute problem that we have. But I think that it’s really hard for a student to grasp, and I think it’s really hard, I think for a citizen to grasp, when they are just getting the moving banner at the bottom of CNN – [like] “scientists say”, “this fossil means that” or “this gene discovery means that.” Those are just punchlines and don’t really understand the size of the entire enterprise or the cumulative knowledge that’s built up and how that’s tested and things. Now you could say – how do you convey all that? Practically speaking, I think part of the way you convey all that is that those who are communicating to the public, and I would say especially the media – have to have a better grasp of it.
-Sean B. Carroll, on scientific literacy
I think getting the scientific method, and knowledge of the scientific method across in the classroom is really more important than any particular science content.
-Sean B. Carroll, on teaching science
I can’t encourage anyone more strongly to read what the judge said about the intelligent design case in Dover… It’s a masterful opinion.
-Sean B. Carroll, on intelligent design in schools
Do you understand or reject the scientific method, Jonathan? Do you agree with the Dover decision?