By: Leah Farish
I was once talking with an attorney who had just succeeded in getting an injunction against a school board that wanted to inform students that evolution was only a scientific theory. He bragged about how potent their witnesses had been because they stood for Science. His side, he said, had “the facts” about evolution. “After all,” he intoned, “science is about facts.” “No it’s not,” I said. “Science is about doubt.” Listeners looked stunned, but it’s true; any time you think you have proven anything with finality in a scientific pursuit, you’re at risk. The facts are never established, as they are in a court of law. There are only data obtained under recognized protocols, and careful inferences from that data.