Skeptical Inquirer's 2001 "Splendid Use of Plain English" Award
In its Best and Worst of 2001 awards, the March and April issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine (published by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) gave its "Splendid Use of Plain English Award" to Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In an MSNBC Report on February 21 Dr. Caplan wrote that "The media flubbed the headline for the biggest news event in the past fifty years of science. The reporters and TV talking heads who crammed the Washington, D.C., press conference on February 12 did understand that the details they were hearing about the human genome offered the story of a lifetime. But they missed the real headline.
"Their stories should have simply said, 'Darwin vindicated!'. . . The genome reveals, indisputably and beyond any serious doubt, that Darwin was right mankind evolved over a long period of time from primitive animal ancestors. Our genes show that scientific creationism cannot be true. The response to all those who thump their bible and say there is no proof, no test, and no evidence in support of evolution is, 'The proof is right here, in our genes.'. . . The theory of evolution is the only way to explain the arrangement of the 30,000 genes and three billion letters that constitute our genetic code. The history of humanity is written in our DNA. Those who dismiss evolution as myth, who insist that evolution has no place in biology textbooks and our children's classrooms, are wrong. The message our genes send is that Charles Darwin was right."
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