One of the major topics discussed will be the work of Michael Faraday. There’s not much opportunity here for any mention of creationism, because Faraday is known for his research into electricity and magnetism — and chemistry too — but not biology. Aside from that, he died in 1867, less than a decade after Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, so his work was essentially pre-Darwin.
Although Faraday was deeply religious, we’re not aware of any creationist attempt to claim him as their own — at least no more than they usually do when they insist that religion inspired the work of other pre-Darwin scientists, such as Kepler, Newton, etc. They always do that for scientists who lived in Christian societies, but they never give the Olympian gods any credit for the scientific insights of the Greeks.
According to the preview at the Daily Galaxy website, “The Electric Boy”, Tyson makes a connection to evolution by explaining that “without a magnetic field the rate of mutation amongst Earth’s living organisms would increase significantly.” That should be enough to provoke a reaction from the creationists.
Even if Tyson doesn’t make too much of the possible linkage to evolution, the creationists will nevertheless complain that he deliberately promotes atheism by failing to suggest (or possibly even dismissing) the alternative “theory” that everything is attributable to supernatural causes.
If you watch the show tonight, let us know what you think. We’ll have later posts about the inevitably enraged reactions from the science deniers.
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