Print

Print


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:
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)






--
www.michaelbalter.com

******************************************
Michael Balter
Contributing Correspondent, Science
[log in to unmask]
******************************************