Abusing Science

by Philip Kitcher. MIT, $15.00. The recent attempts by religious fundamentalists to sneak Adam and Eve into school science courses under the alias of “creationism” have impelled Mr. Kitcher to write this “manual for intellectual self-defense.” It is designed as a weapon for teachers, school administrators, or plain citizens confronted with the argument that the biblical tale and Darwin’s reasoning are both “theories” and therefore deserve equal consideration. Mr. Kitcher proves firmly that this is not the case, in the process demolishing the creationists with their own muddle-headed texts.