There’s another science show to watch, starting tomorrow, and it’s certain to drive the creationists crazy. Thanks to a comment by Mark Joseph, we learned about Your Inner Fish. That’s the show’s description at the PBS website. It will be shown in three episodes.
In the first episode, “Your Inner Fish,” he journeys back to a time, some 375 million years ago, when the first fish crawled up onto land. Shubin’s quest for the fossil record of this primeval predecessor takes viewers from highway cuts in rural Pennsylvania to the remote Arctic. After years of searching, he and his colleagues finally found a fossilized fish, known as Tiktaalik, that had enough strength in its front fins to do pushups and heave itself out of the water. Remarkably, we can trace the ancestry of our own hands and arms all the way back to these fins.
The show is discussed in the Charlotte Observer of Charlotte, North Carolina. Their headline is Humans, meet ‘Your Inner Fish’ on PBS science show. Here are some excerpts:
Shubin is an engaging guide for a trip across time and continents and complexity, making room for humor and providing clarity for non-scientists — all while asserting the imperative of scientific theory and findings in a sometimes-doubting world.
Shubin provides “clarity for non-scientists”? For many, yes, he probably will, but not for the hard-core creationists. They don’t want clarity. They want The Truth™. Shubin understands this. Let’s read on:
“My personal strategy is to show the power of the scientific evidence and how fun, how joyful it can be to discover something no one else has seen before,” Shubin said.
Shubin, an associate dean for the University of Chicago’s biological sciences division, understands he’s fighting head winds, whether he’s in the classroom or on TV. There’s competition for attention in a multimedia world and, of course, those who dismiss evolution in favor of creationism. His answer is to return to the importance of data, such as the DNA test results presented in “Your Inner Fish” that link humans to other animals.
The creationists must be reeling. First Cosmos, now this. We continue:
As for those who question evolution, [Beth Hoppe, PBS’ chief programming executive] said, in science programming “we trust the accepted wisdom of the science and present it as that,” with news reporting the place to deal with “the politics of it.
We’ll try to remember to watch it tomorrow. Then we can better appreciate the sputtering rage of the usual creationist websites which is certain to follow.
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