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ERIC Number: ED237367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-7
Reference Count: 0
"Scientific" Creationism Is Not Based on Scientific Research.
Cole, Henry P.; Scott, Eugenie C.
"Science Citation Index" is a service that lists the contents of over 3,000 of the most important science journals and proceedings. A computer search of the Index was conducted using the terms "creationism,""scientific creationism,""special creation,""biblical creation," as well as related terms. The file searched extended from January 1978 until October 1981 and contained approximately 2.2 million items. Only 18 relevant items were located, none of which provided scientific evidence or logic for creationist concepts. Results of a second search using names of leading scientific creationists revealed that only 6 of 28 included in the sample published any articles in SCISEARCH (the computerized listing of all Science Citation Index contents plus an additional 1,000 journals and proceedings from the scientific/technical fields), none of which dealt with the basic concepts espoused by scientific creationism. This indicates that the basic concepts included in scientific creationism curriculum materials are not supported by the factual information and research of the natural sciences. Although scientific creationists continue to claim that the concepts which underlie their proposed curriculum materials are well-grounded in scientific theory and research, the comprehensive computer search conducted indicates that there is no basis for their key concepts. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Citation Index; SCISEARCH