Epilogue: How Science’s Ideologues Fail Evolution or: Richard Dawkins and the Madman

  • David E. Long
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 4)


I leave my description of evolution and culture by considering the limits of science education policy, and then consider some of the shrill discourses coloring evolution/Creationism disagreement. Both are important to this work, but one step outside the immediate purview of the main project. As we step out of the local and contextual frame of Mason-Dixon, I will now situate these students, teachers, faculty, and community members’ relationships toward evolution within more general national and international discussions.


Science Education Social Practice Evolution Education Methodological Naturalism Proper Utility 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Cobern, W. W. (2007). ID hysteria says more about some people’s Freudian “ID” than about science. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 7(2/3), 257–262.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Collins, H. (1995). Being and becoming [A review of Searle 1995]. Nature, 376 (13).Google Scholar
  3. Damon, W. (2005). Fwd: Personality test: The dispositional dispute in teacher preparation today, and what to do about it. Arresting Insights in Education, 2(3), 1–6.Google Scholar
  4. Dawkins, R. (1998). When religion steps on science’s turf. Free Inquiry. Retrieved from:
  5. Dawkins, R. (2006). The God delusion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Google Scholar
  6. Edgell, P., Gerteis, J., & Hartmann, D. (2006). Atheists as “other”: Moral boundaries and cultural membership in American society. American Sociological Review, 71(2), 211–234.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Forrest, B. (2007). Understanding the intelligent design creationist movement: Its true nature and goals. Center for inquiry position paper. Retrieved from:
  8. Giberson, K., & Artigas, M. (2007). Oracles of science: Celebrity scientists versus God and religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Gould, S. J. (1999). Rocks of ages: Science and religion in the fullness of life. The library of contemporary thought. New York: Ballantine Pub. Group.Google Scholar
  10. Gould, S. J. (2002). The structure of evolutionary theory. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  11. Latour, B. (1993). We have never been modern. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Nietzsche, F. W., & Kaufmann, W. A. (1974). The gay science; With a prelude in rhymes and an appendix of songs. New York: Vintage Books.Google Scholar
  13. Nitecki, M. H. (1988). Evolutionary progress. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  14. Numbers, R. L. (2006). The creationists: From scientific creationism to intelligent design. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  15. Private Universe Project. (1989). A private universe [Videotape]. Cambridge: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.Google Scholar
  16. Reiss, M. J. (2009). The relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. Evolution, 63(7), 1934–1941.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Russell, B. (1959). Elaine Grand interview with Bertrand Russell. Transcript. Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Company.Google Scholar
  18. Rutherford, F. J., & Ahlgren, A. (1990). Science for all Americans. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  19. Stanford University. (2008). Against ignorance: Science education in the 21st century: A conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. Podcast and transcript retrieved July 20, 2009, from
  20. Toumey, C. P. (2004). Introduction. In S. Coleman & L. Carlin (Eds.), The cultures of creationism: Anti-evolution in English-speaking countries. Aldershot: Ashgate.Google Scholar
  21. Villegas, A. (2007). Dispositions in teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 58(5), 370–380.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Watson, J., Wilson, E. O., Rose, C., & WNET (Television station: New York). (2005). The Charlie Rose (Show: #11248). New York: Charlie Rose.Google Scholar
  23. Wuthnow, R. (2005). America and the challenges of religious diversity. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf EducationValdosta State UniversityValdostaUSA

Personalised recommendations