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Friday, February 12, 2010
Happy Birthday!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin: February 12, 1809. Many of Darwin's quotes have been quote-mined over the years by creationists trying to smear Darwin and/or his revolutionary theory of evolution. (Well, revolutionary for 1859, anyway.)

But my favorite quote is the one Jeremy uses at the top of this page:

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."

Once again, the (no)Discovery Institute is promoting its "Academic Irresponsibility Freedom Day." Jeremy showed here how the DI's campaign is built on a shifty quote mine.

Someone for whom I have a great deal of respect told me,

Academic freedom does not bestow the right to actively misinform students. Those who would knowingly mislead students about science are not exercising academic freedom. They are demonstrating a lack of academic integrity.



posted by Cheryl Shepherd-Adams



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