Niles Eldredge

On August 20, 1858, Charles Darwin published his views on evolution for the first time. This piece, which was originally published by The New Republic on April 4, 1981 discusses the growing creationist movement in the U.S. during that decade. After a slew of controversies surrounding his theory, Niles Eldredge argues that the U.S. public appears to be as badly informed about the real nature of science as it ever was. The success of recent creationist efforts, he says, lies in a prior failure to educate children about science.

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