Iran’s Position on Evolution? Not What You Might Expect. | Symbiartic, Scientific American Blog Network

Iran’s Position on Evolution? Not What You Might Expect. | Symbiartic, Scientific American Blog Network...
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By Kalliopi Monoyios

If you had asked me before yesterday what the official Iranian position on evolution was, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said, “skewed?” As such you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Neil Shubin’s popular book, Your Inner Fish, has been translated into Persian:
And here I must admit: I’m more than a little ignorant on the topic of science education in Iran. According to these recent papers on the subject (here and here), Iran’s science textbooks are relatively untouched by religion, at least compared to its Muslim neighbors. It would seem that Iranians are getting a fairly accurate explanation of what evolution is and how it works. So perhaps it’s not so surprising to see Your Inner Fish in Persian after all.
About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is the illustrator of several best-selling science books including Neil Shubin's The Universe Within, Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, and Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True. Her illustration portfolio can be found at kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow her solo on Twitter at @eyeforscience. For tweets from the whole Symbiartic crew, Follow on Twitter @symbiartic. If you had asked me before yesterday what the official Iranian position on evolution was, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said,...

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