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By prospect   October 2008

Civil war at the Royal Society As Prospect went to press, Britain’s Royal Society (RS) had just chosen to relieve the Reverend Michael Reiss of his responsibilities as its director of education. Reiss’s crime was to suggest that if a child in a science lesson asked a question about creationism, teachers had a duty to explain that creationism is a belief with no basis in scientific evidence. A blitz of headlines duly reported Reiss as saying that creationism should be taught in schools. This was too much for the society to handle, and some of its biggest brains—including two Nobel…

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