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Don't confuse science with fanciful ideas

Published 12/07/2012

The visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway provides a valuable science learning experience to thousands of young people every year.

But the inclusion of materials promoting the creationist viewpoint could compromise this by giving young visitors the impression that non-scientific theories are acceptable alternatives to scientific explanations.

Science is the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the natural world following a systematic methodology based on evidence which involves critical analysis of theories, the reliance on experiment and/or observation and the willingness to change a point of view in the light of evidence to the contrary.

The Institute of Physics in Ireland feels that any creationist materials used at the visitor centre need to be distinct from the scientific materials used to explain to young minds how one of our proudest landmarks came to be.

DR KEVIN McGUIGAN

Chair, Institute of Physics in Ireland

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