"In this talk I want to address the question of why there is such a controversy in the USA over evolution. Despite the claims of Richard Dawkins and other New Atheists, Creationists are neither stupid nor immoral; yet they persist in denying one of the best confirmed theories in science. The obvious answer is that it is simply religion which is forcing the divide; but while there is obviously truth in this, I want to ask whether there is more to the story. I shall argue that what we have at stake are fundamentally different views about human beings—views that predate evolutionary thinking and go back to the Enlightenment in the Eighteenth Century."
Michael Ruse, (1970 Ph.D., University of Bristol) is a Professor of Philosophy and Zoology at Florida State University. Ruse taught at the University of Guelph Canada for 35 years. In 1986 he was elected as Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the 1981 McLean v. Arkansas trial, testing the state law permitting the teaching of ‘creation science’ in the Arkansas school system; “Public schools within this State shall give balanced treatment to creation-science and to evolution-science.” The federal judge ruled that the state law was unconstitutional.