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Dr. Michael Weisberg
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Co-chair of Penn’s “Year of Evolution”
“A recent study appeared in the Journal PLoS Biology that gives us the most comprehensive picture to date about what's being taught — and what isn't — in our high school biology classrooms. I agree with the study authors that the good news is that most biology teachers spend at least a few lessons on evolution, but it is sad to see that more teachers don't make the central concept of contemporary biology one of the central subjects of their courses. More disturbing is the fact that 12 percent of classes learn that the pseudo-scientific theory called Intelligent Design is a ‘valid scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species.’ Our students deserve to be taught the content and methods of real science so that they can better understand the world around them.”
• Research focuses on the philosophy of science, focusing on evolutionary ecology and structural chemistry.
• Expert on the psychological basis of the public understanding of science
• Curator of Penn’s Year of Evolution, joined by participating Philadelphia institutions including The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Franklin, Philadelphia Zoo, Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the American Philosophical Society Museum.