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The truth will out

October 09, 2005

Regarding the excerpt from "Darwin: The Indelible Stamp" (Book Review, Sept 18): As someone firmly on the side of evolution, it pains me to see the apologists for science acquitting themselves so poorly in the debate with creationists, often showing the sort of arrogant, closed-minded certainty they deplore in their opponents. Watson avers that evolution is not just theory but fact. Watson cites the laws of gravity and motion as parallels. For two centuries after Newton, scientists believed in these laws as fervently as they believe in evolution today -- until relativity proved them profoundly wrong. Scientists could allay the widespread misunderstanding and mistrust of science simply by remaining true to their principles.

STEVE MILLER

San Diego

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