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01/02/2006 Entry: "Chimp Lady or Church Lady?"

"AMY GOODMAN: We return to Jane Goodall, the primatologist. Her new book is called Harvest for Hope. I asked her what she makes of the whole debate against evolution, the whole issue of so-called intelligent design.

"JANE GOODALL: Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary creatures we are today is far less important than bringing our intellect to bear on how do we get together now around the world and get out of the mess that we've made. That's the key thing now. Never mind how we got to be who we are. Let's work out a way so that we can preserve what's left of this planet and enhance it for future generations."
A Conversation with the "Chimpanzee Lady": Jane Goodall on Animals, the Environment and her Life, Democracy Now, Thursday, November 24th, 2005

I thought Jane Goodall was a, y'know, scientist who respects the scientific method which doesn't exist in (un)IntelliDes. Cambridge ought to ask for their degree back.

Seriously, and worse, Goodall had a chance to hit one out of the park for science... and didn't.

However, I have to hand it to Amy Goodman, she doesn't let Goodall off the hook:

"AMY GOODMAN: Now, I want to talk about that, because that's really what your life work is now all about, what your book, Harvest for Hope, is about. But just for a moment on that issue, since kids spend many, many hours in school, and this debate is raging, what you think of it.

"JANE GOODALL: I was brought up to understand Darwin's theory of evolution. I spent hours and hours in the Natural History Museum in London looking at the descriptions of how different kinds of animals had evolved, looking at the sequence of fossil bones looking gradually more and more and more and more like the modern fossil. And the same applies to the remains of humans. And I think one of the big questions is, people say to me, "But surely, if you believe in evolution, there's no place for God." I absolutely don't agree with that. The more I learn about this absolutely awesome and fantastic and wonderful planet and the universe, the incredible nature of the human mind, the more I feel convinced that there is some kind of great spiritual power. I feel there's a meaning to our life on earth. And that does not at all conflict with the idea of gradual evolution."

Okay, I feel better.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson

Replies: 1 Comment

I think Goodall doesn't get the question because she is not focused on this country. After all, nowhere else is there a concerted attack on science. And most places, folks who believe in God are too busy using science to live better to expend energy on trashing it.

Posted by janinsanfran @ 01/05/2006 11:57 PM PST

 

 

 

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