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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006
Evolution and the EE
Electronic Engineering Times is a venerable trade weekly. They actually do some reporting, which puts them head and shoulders above the majority of trade publications. In addition to technology reporting, they're willing to tackle the political, military, economic, and societal impact of the technologies that are their central focus.
The "Crosstalk" section for readers' letters has always been my favorite bit. Some may find this hard to believe, but some engineers can be opinionated and acerbic at times.
With amusement, I came across a series of letters about "Intelligent Design" in the last few issues. I love a good engineer-on-engineer smack down. It's like two Vulcans arguing. Or in this case, a few Vulcans vs. a couple of idiots.
Jack Atkinson of Alabama penned a letter, "'Particles to man' evolution is only a theory-an absurd one", in response to an article about problems in science education in America.. Jack felt that curtailing the teaching of evolutionary theory would in no way affect the future science and technology careers of students. ('Cause that's how they roll in 'Bama.)
The following two issues continue the superstition vs. science debate, with superstition taking it on the chin. My favorite is this sharp response by William Gascoyne of San Jose. He uses the cold, dry logic of an engineer confronted by idiocy.
The February 20th edition carried more, including a pro-superstition writer who asserts: