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Biological Research

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CORNISH-BOWDEN, ATHEL  and  CARDENAS, MARÍA LUZ. The threat from creationism to the rational teaching of biology. Biol. Res. [online]. 2007, vol.40, n.2, pp.113-122. ISSN 0716-9760.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-97602007000200002.

Most biologists outside the USA and a few other countries, like Australia and Canada, are under the impression that the threat to the teaching of biology represented by creationism does not concern them directly. This is unfortunately no longer true: the recent growth of creationism, especially in its pseudo-scientific manifestation known as "intelligent design", has been obvious in several countries of Western Europe, especially the UK, Germany and Poland, and it is beginning to be noticeable in Brazil, and maybe elsewhere in Latin America. The problem is complicated by the fact that there are not just two possibilities, evolution and creationism, because creationism comes in various incompatible varieties. Turkey is now a major source of creationist propaganda outside the USA, and is especially significant in relation to its influence on Muslim populations in Europe. The time for biologists to address the creationist threat is now

Keywords : education; creationism; intelligent design; fundamentalism; evolution; natural selection.

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