Its a sentiment youre going to be hearing more from me in the future (including during my interview with Infidel Guy!): I love it when students stand up to pseudo-scientists. I hate it when kids think "I really liked Immunology 101, and I think I see spots where Behe messed up, but Im just a student. Ill let Dawkins deal with it." or equally terrible "Im just an art history/Chinese literature/psychology major. Id like to stand up for science, but I cant."
Everyone can use their individual talents to support science education! Here is a recent, great example from a sophomore English major, Aaron Elias:
Every so often, a group will try to promote its cause and give itself the proverbial rake in the face. The pointy end of the rake came up when the makers of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” started bribing fundamentalist schools to organize mandatory field trips forcing students to watch the film. Bribery? Great publicity move! That garners about as much credibility as a Republican politician in a bathroom stall.
My favorite line:
Not only are the filmmakers throwing money at Christian schools to wash out the insides of students’ heads, but they have also been “misleading their interviewees”—in other words, flat-out lying. Biologist P.Z. Myers, National Center for Science Education head Eugenie Scott and Richard-freaking-Dawkins said that they were misled into participating in “Expelled” by being interviewed for a film called “Crossroads,” which explored the interaction between science and religion. Dawkins stated that “at no time was [he] given the slightest clue that these people were a Creationist front.”
Maybe I’m only bashing the movie because I’m a left-wing, liberal hippie who drives the Mystery Machine with my stoned talking dog.hehehehe!
Okay, so its not something Dawkins would write. Its not an editorial for the New York Times. But its a student making observations, putting a pen to paper, and bringing his observations to people who might not know whats going on with the ID/DI/EXPELLED story in a cute, funny way.
Aaron will no doubt be rewarded for his efforts with a PR-sniper-shot from Casey or Anakin, but I hope readers of this blog will realize that the DI is shooting with rubber bands. An attack from a DI 'Fellow' is meaningless.
Students, dont be afraid of their crap. Dont doubt your abilities. Stand up for science any way you can!