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BTW, I just got a copy of a new book edited by Eugenie Scott and Glenn
Branch of the National Center for Science Education—Not In Our Classrooms:
Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools (Beacon Press, 2006). --PG

On 2/26/07, Michael Balter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I haven't read the Kitcher book but will get hold of it asap, many thanks
> for that recommendation, Jon.
>
> Phil, in a nutshell, what is Kitcher's argument against the approach I
> suggested in my IHT oped? I have received two basic kinds of criticism, one
> hostile to allowing any sort of religion into the classroom and the second
> maintaining that what I suggest is impractical in a high school biology
> class.
>
> cheers, Michael
>
> On 2/26/07, Jon Beckwith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >  On the issue of creationism., ID and evolution, I strongly recommend
> > the book "Use and Abuse of Biology"m MIT Press, by Philip Kitcher- a
> > philosopher at Columbia- an older but timeless book plus his recent article
> > in his book "In Mendel's Mirror" Oxford Univ. Press.
> >
> >
> >         On IQ and heredity, the article by Eric Turkheimer et al. which
> > I have attached indicates some changes in this pitiful field.  They found
> > that the heritability of IQ in people of low SES was close to zero.  I don't
> > necessarily agree with all of their conclusions, but the group which
> > includes mainstream psychologists like Irv Gottesman is not one you would
> > necessarily expect this conclusion from.  (I haven't looked closely but I
> > believe that Frank Sulloway in this week's New York Review misrepresents the
> > article.)  There are still many problems in their study but if you want a
> > source that I feel gives a good feel for them, look at the book that came
> > out of the AAAS, Hastings Center working group that I was part of,
> > referenced below.
> >                                                 Jon Beckwith
> >
> >  Jon Beckwith
> > Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
> > Harvard Medical School
> > 200 Longwood Ave.
> > Boston, MA 02115
> >
> > Tel. 617-432-1920
> > FAX 617-738-7664
> > e-mail [log in to unmask]
> > website <http://beck2.med.harvard.edu/>
> > see my articles and book:
> > My book, a memoir: *Making Genes, Making Waves: A Social Activist in
> > Science, Harvard University Press (2002)*
> > http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/BECMAK.html
> > *Copies conformes ou copies qu'on forme ?* Sciences et Avenir Hors-Série
> > #149, p.71 (2006)
> > *Should we make a fuss? A case for social responsibility in science.* F.
> > Huang and J. Beckwith, Nature Biotechnology. *23:*1479-1480 (2005).
> > *Whither Human Behavioral Genetics*, J. Beckwith in *Wrestling with
> > Behavioral Genetics: Ethics, Science, and Public Conversation*, eds. E.
> > Parens, A. Chapman and N. Press.  Johns Hopkins University Press (2005)
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
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