Monday, February 7, 2005 at 11:00 AM
80 years ago, with laws on the books forbidding the teaching of evolution, the famous defense lawyer Clarence Darrow went before a Tennessee jury with an unusual request: to convict his client, who was charged with illegally teaching evolution. With a conviction, Darrow reasoned, he could appeal, and he just might get anti-evolution laws thrown out on constitutional grounds. The state court did set aside the guilty verdict - but on a technicality - and anti-evolution laws were not ruled unconstitutional. Well, we're a long way from 1925, and still battles rage over the teaching of evolution. How solid is evolutionary theory? And how should it be taught? Our guests discussed the topics with host Cindi Deutschman-Ruiz. They were Dr. Robert Lattimer, a chemist by training and a strong advocate of teaching alternatives to evolution; and noted anthropologist Dr. Bruce Latimer (no relation to our first guest) who's a proponent of evolution.