Saturday, September 17, 2005

Origins research and crime-solving methods

The Creationism-evolution debates bring to mind the contrast of two types of television crime-solving shows. On the one hand, shows based on forensic science (such as the “CSI” shows) solve cases by relying on scientific evaluation of a vast array of evidence, just as researchers evaluate evidence when investigating aspects of evolution. Other shows (such as “Medium”) have unconventional protagonists solve cases based on supernatural powers. In shows like this, skeptics often come to accept the supernatural after seeing how it solves the cases. Well, the psychic detectives do quite well in the fictional television shows, but what about real life? Despite numerous claims, the supernatural just doesn’t help the real crime solvers...or the real scientists.


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