This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses. The contention that evolution should be taught as a "theory, not as a fact" confuses the common use of these words with the scientific use. In science, theories do not turn into facts through the accumulation of evidence. Rather, theories are the end points of science. They are understandings that develop from extensive observation, experimentation, and creative reflection. They incorporate a large body of scientific facts, laws, tested hypotheses, and logical inferences. In this sense, evolution is one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have. *Adapted from Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science by the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C. National Academy Press, 1998)....
View Full Document
- Spring '09