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I’m waiting to hear Dr. Egnor whine about this…

A few days ago, I posted a note of congratulations to Gregory Simonian, a 10th grader at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, for winning the Alliance For Science essay contest, for which the topic was Why would I want my doctor to have studied evolution? At the time, the winners had been announced, though, the actual essays hadn’t been published yet.

Now they are.

Head on over to the Alliance for Science website and read Greg’s essay and the other three winning essays; they’re each only two or three pages long, and it’ll be well worth your time. (I’m only disappointed that none of them mentioned my specialty, cancer, as an example of evolutionary principles in action except in passing.) If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to wander over to Greg’s blog and offer your congratulations. If any of the other winners (Merve Fejzula of Academies @ Englewood, Englewood, NJ; Shobha Topgi of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois; and Linda Zhou of Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, New Jersey) have blogs, I’d be happy to post links to them too.

When I despair for my profession because of the idiotic and ignorant anti-evolution posturings of Drs. Michael Egnor, Henry Jordan, Deepak Chopra, Geoffrey Simmons, and the entire crew of evolution-ignorant doctors who signed the “Physicians and Surgeons Who Dissent from Darwin” statement promulgated by Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (a whopper of a misnomer, if ever there was one), I can look at these young people’s efforts and hope that they will be the generation that finally puts the last nail in the coffin of the pseudoscience of creationism–and maybe some other pseudosciences as well.

I can hope, can’t I?

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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