David Attenborough Vs. Creationism

Published September 25th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Sir David Attenborough

The Telegraph has an article about my all-time favorite Naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, and the campaign he’s joined to combat religion in science.

The naturalist joined three Nobel laureates, the atheist Richard Dawkins and other leading scientists in calling on the government to tackle the "threat" of creationism.

Andrew Copson, chief executive of the BHA, said: "Evolution is probably the most important idea underlying biological science and we support the view of many experts that it should be introduced right from primary level in all state-maintained schools.

"At the same time, the threat of creationism and ‘intelligent design’ being taught as science is real and ongoing, particularly as more and more schools are opened up to be run by religious fundamentalists.

"It has never been more urgent for concrete steps to be taken to ensure that all state schools teach evolution, and not creationism, and we urge the Government to implement the simple and sensible measures suggested in this new statement."

I love that Sir David Attenborough has gotten involved.  I worry when the ones who make a stand come off as petty and one-dimensional.   David Attenborough is such a likeable guy, and his work so accessible … I think a whole lot of people are all the sudden going to want to listen.  

Here is my favorite video from Mr. Attenborough’s Planet Earth:

25 Responses to “David Attenborough Vs. Creationism”

  1. Keith says:

    As I did not think it worthwhile starting a new subject over the following I thought I’d post this here. It is from Wikileaks and is a bizarre piece from Kent Hovind. http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Young-earth_creationist_Kent_Hovind%27s_doctoral_dissertation . How it can be called a doctoral dissertation is beyond me. Apparently this character lectures to kids about his fantasies.

  2. theFewtheProudtheMarinara says:

    I like that phrase “creation/evolution controversy”. I wonder if I can make a good living on the lecture circuit talking about the flat/round earth controversy.

    Keith, it’s only considered a doctoral dissertation by his Bible University. Note he refuses to make it public, where it would be mocked mercilessly.

    • Keith says:

      If you want to go on the lecture circuit try reading “Flat Earth” by Christine Garwood first. I know you weren’t serious about lecturing but it might be easier than you think if you want to make lots of money by conning people.

  3. nun s equator says:



  4. Nick says:

    Lol, haha. I love that part. It’s so funny, I love how you can’t see it’s face except the blue ‘eyes’ and mouth. xD

  5. John "The scurvy dog" Connell says:

    Perhaps this is a stretch, but does anyone see the irony in a globally respected naturalist standing up to the intelligent design/creationist lobby while the brother of a man who acted in several genres of an entertainment series based on “intelligently designed” dinosaurs?

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