Last night we attended a conference hosted by the Center for Inquiry. Bill Nye was there speaking about the importance of advocating for good science education (especially for children) and the importance of investing in scientific research.
One of the reasons I was excited to attend this conference is because I am so concerned by the attitude towards science these days. Every day we use things which were created using physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, etc. and yet people consistently deny the conclusions of these scientific fields.
Since I’m a biologist I’ll focus on my field, and state this simply: Evolution is a fact, natural selection is the theory of how this process occurs. If you are ever faced with the assertion that it is “just a theory” and so can be dismissed, kindly ask this person if they are also prepared to take on the Theory of Gravity and the Theory of Electricity.
Also point out to them that if evolution does not occur, they never need get another flu shot again. If the flu virus isn’t evolving, then the immune response caused by last year’s flu shot will protect them indefinitely.
If you have any questions about evolution, or science in general, or questions about how to inform people about science, please “ask” me, and I will answer you. This is vitally important - we have serious challenges to face, and we need a scientifically literate and aware population to face them.