Evolution: Politicians Should Declare, Fact Or Fiction?

I want to call attention to an excellent blog post written by Jim Wheeler, a fellow Globe blogger and frequent—and frequently wise—commenter on this blog.  He asks the question, “How did we become thinking beings?” and briefly explores “the latest evidence for the evolution of the mammalian brain.”

It’s good stuff, but I especially want to call attention to this remarkably concise and absolutely true statement Jim wrote:

…paleontology, geology, anthropology, and biology, including DNA analysis, all present a consistent and still-unfolding beautiful tableau that supports the story of evolution…

This is a political blog and therefore I declare once again that every politician, no matter the party, ought to have to either affirm or deny Jim’s statement about evolution.

As I have argued, it would tell us a lot about those who want to be our leaders.



  1. ansonburlingame

     /  May 22, 2011


    And of course by making such a statement, religion, or one’s belief in such religion takes on a very political tone.

    First, you will probably NEVER receive a true answer in such statements. The statement would be based on political calculations, a risk/benefit analysis of how many votes would be lost or gained in such a statement.

    I would prefer a statement along the lines of “When will you zero the deficit”?

    I know how you as a liberal would answer the question related to the story of Creation in the bible. In fact you, Jim and I would answer it in the same way but still vote differently.

    But how would the three of us ask the above, proposed question?

    Finally, which question and answer would provide some real insight into how a person would govern as opposed to worship?



  2. This is off topic, but I understand Joplin has suffered a tornado.

    I hope all the Globe bloggers are well.


  3. Terrance H.

     /  May 23, 2011


    I was listening to Rush Limbaugh while mowing the lawn and heard about the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. I ran in to check your blog to see if you’ve made a post recently. I sure hope you and your family and friends are all O.K.


  4. I was thinking the same as Terrance, Duane. I hope you’re OK out there.


  5. Duane – are you okay out there? I hope you escaped the tornadoes! Thinking of you.


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