Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Eugenie Scott
Lecture | October 4 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Eugenie Scott will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 3 and 4, 2018. The second lecture is titled "Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
About the lecture
In her second lecture, Eugenie Scott will discuss how myths symbolize ideas, values, history and other issues that are important to a people. They may be true or false, mundane or fantastic; their significance is their meaning, not their narrative content. Science is a way of knowing about the natural world. Its conclusions tentatively may be true or false, but its significance is its explanatory power: one has confidence in the process of science, even though some explanations change over time. Myth and science thus seem very different, but each has been utilized by proponents of both sides of the Christian creationism and evolution controversy. Understanding this role is essential in comprehending (much less mediating) this persistent conflict.
About Eugenie Scott
Eugenie C. Scott served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, an organization that works to keep publicly (though not scientifically) controversial topics like evolution and climate change in the public schools. Her work has involved a mixture of science, communication, religion, education, law, and community activism.