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"Teaching the controversy" - is evolution controversial?
Do biologists suppress evidence?It is nearly inevitable that "teaching the controversy" will become public policy.
Phillip Johnson, Weekly Wedge Update Dec 2001Survey on "the controversy"The Discovery Institute promotes "teaching the controversy" in high school biology. Surveys show the approach has public appeal. "Teaching the controversy" implies controversy within science over biological evolution. If this is so, scientific databases should show it.Science Citation Index - the last 14 years (12.9 million articles, 5300 journals)26 articles use "evolution*" and "controvers*" (* = any suffix) in the title.
Of these 9 refer to cultural conflict, 16 refer to conflicts within evolution and related fields. The one ambiguous title is a 1992 article in Italian.
Articles on medical controversies contaminate searches which include keywords and abstracts.
55,000 articles use "evolution" in titles. Roughly a third to half refer to biological evolution. Clearly "evolution" is not a scientific "buzzword."
Conclusion - Databases show evidence of cultural controversy over biological evolution. They provide no evidence that evolution is scientifically controversial. In fact, the scientific community has accepted biological evolution since the 1870s. To suggest otherwise is to mislead.Eugene Garfield founded the Institute for Scientific Information in 1958. His intent was to improve accessibility of scientific literature for bench scientists. Science Citation Index, ISI's main database, is now a major international resource which not only supports scientists but helps sociologists evaluate scientific trends and estimate the importance of scientific fields, journals and individual scientific articles.Rosenhouse essay, "Teaching the controversy", "Teach the controversy" at wikipedia
Is evolution a "theory in crisis?, Is evolution disappearing from the scientific literature?
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