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March 26, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
As a young doctoral student in the 1960s, Francisco J. Ayala was surprised to learn that Darwin's theory of evolution appeared to be less widely accepted in the United States than in his native Spain, then a profoundly conservative and religious country. Ayala brought a unique sensibility to the topic, because he had been ordained as a Catholic priest before undertaking graduate studies in evolution and genetics. What he believed then, and has spent his career espousing, is that evolution is consistent with the Christian faith.
February 12, 1990 | DANIEL Q. HANEY, Haney is a science writer for the Associated Press.
On the corner of Dr. David Page's desk rests a foot-high stack of newly published genetics textbooks. They matter-of-factly describe the location of the sex-determining factor, the single gene that settles the question of whether a fertilized egg will be a boy or a girl. The gene was Page's discovery. Its rapid rise to the status of accepted wisdom is hardly a surprise, for when he revealed it at a news conference, the announcement was a major event in the world of genetics.
Duncan North says it all began 20 years ago in a Georgetown fern bar. He and his companions, 16-year-olds with fake IDs, were on the make. While the others were tall, athletic and handsome, however, North was an overweight student of Eastern philosophy who yearned to be cool. He wanted to be Steve McQueen, Steve Austin and Steve McGarrett rolled into one--a self-contained hero who always got the girl without trying. Whenever he saw a girl he liked, he'd introduce himself as Steve.
January 2, 1986 | GAIL POLEVOI, Times Staff Writer
It's a quarter-mile off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 25 feet down. That's about all Bob Meistrell and Wayne Baldwin will tell you about the site they dive to as often as they can. They want to protect the area that some scientists say contains invaluable artifacts, a set of unusual stones that may reveal much about local history. The 30-odd stones, scattered across two-thirds of an acre on the ocean floor, weigh between 100 and 1,000 pounds each and measure on average three to four feet across.
June 20, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that states may not require public schools to teach "creation science," dealing a crushing blow to a once-growing movement in the South to put the biblical view of creation on equal standing with the theory of evolution in public education. On a 7-2 vote, the justices said that a 1981 Louisiana law mandating creation science instruction violated the legal principle of separation of church and state.
January 16, 1986
In my mind there is no difference between the theories of evolution and creationism. I am a regular church-goer and a long time ago I composed this: I see no reason to have the creation theory and the theory of evolution in conflict. To me they are the same thing. The Creator created us by evolution. JERRY BINKERD Alhambra
April 7, 1991
May I have the last word regarding the controversy surrounding the teaching of creationism by Capistrano Valley High School's John Peloza? Specifically, I would like to propose a compromise between those who advocate teaching creationism in public schools and those who do not. My compromise is that, after the teacher has finished teaching evolution, he turns to the class and makes the following speech: "We have just spent several months studying...
August 8, 1998
Last spring, Tony Tavares presented an interesting theory regarding professional sports management. According to him, pro sports "is one of the only industries where you can do a great job and be painted as incompetent." In Tavares' case, this theory has yet to be tested. BARRY P. RESNICK, Orange
December 29, 1991
So Stone thinks the Warren Commission was wrong. Welcome to the world, Mr. Stone. As far back as 1979, a House select committee concluded that Kennedy was probably killed as a "result of a conspiracy." Even further back--about the time Stone was getting out of high school--many of us were convinced that the Warren Commission was wrong in its "lone-gunman" theory. All we really wanted was the truth out of the many theories that abounded at the time: the L.B.J. theory, the Cuban theory, the Mafia theory, the Texas right-wing-radicals theory and, yes, even the Clay Shaw-CIA-secret government theory.
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