Stearns: The methods of nature

March 5, 2010
Last Saturday, the people of Chile took serious damage from a major earthquake; many lives were lost. And Hawaii dodged the tsunami bullet … this time. I spent the day pinned to the news, waiting for the wave to strike, relieved that when it did, it was small, for I was born on the Big »

Curriculum requires scrutiny

November 29, 2005
Dear Kansas biology students: Your state school board, in requiring the teaching of Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution, has asked you to consider theories critically. They may not have realized that in so doing they put their own ideas at risk, for you may find helpful these questions that scientists use in judging »