Evolution Or 'Evolution'

I am a columnist from Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese newspaper published in Vancouver, Canada. I spent more than a year arguing against creationism in the newspaper. Recently I read Robert Moss's article, titled "The Problem With Evolution: Where Have We Gone Wrong?" (The Scientist, Oct. 13, 1997, page 7). I want to offer some comments about it. In my opinion, the article should be renamed as "The Problem With The Word 'Evolution': How Shall We Deal With The Terminology?" In other words, a meta-lin

Edwin Leung
Nov 23, 1997

I am a columnist from Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese newspaper published in Vancouver, Canada. I spent more than a year arguing against creationism in the newspaper. Recently I read Robert Moss's article, titled "The Problem With Evolution: Where Have We Gone Wrong?" (The Scientist, Oct. 13, 1997, page 7). I want to offer some comments about it.

In my opinion, the article should be renamed as "The Problem With The Word 'Evolution': How Shall We Deal With The Terminology?" In other words, a meta-linguistic consideration is mistakenly framed as a first-order consideration, as far as the title is concerned. Creationists will really be happy about this confusion. For one thing, it gives them a chance to quote the title without really talking about its contents. To them, what can be better news than the scientific community admitting, again, to the problem of evolution?

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