THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW (USA public television) December 14, 2005
Discussion about Charles Darwin (excerpts). For much more on what these prominent scientists said on TV see http://www.sq.4mg.com/Darwin.htm )
CHARLIE ROSE: Joining me now: professors E.O. Wilson and James Watson. They are simply two of the great scientific minds of our time. E.O. Wilson has taught at Harvard for more than four decades. He has written more than 20 books on biology and evolution. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1962, James Watson won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA. His co-recipients were Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.
EDWARD O. WILSON: 1,000 years from now, there will be two landmarks in the origin of the - of biology, modern biology. One would be (Darwin's) "The Origin of Species," 1859. And the other one would be the 1953 paper showing the structure of DNA by - by Watson and Crick.
EDWARD O. WILSON:(In a) CNN poll of about three weeks ago, 51 percent of Americans say evolution never occurred; 34 percent said evolution occurred but God guided it. And 15 percent said, well, I guess science is right about it.
CHARLIE ROSE: Let me lay into the scientific and - and Biblical conflict here. Both of you as scientists believe deeply in the law of science and the fact of science, that there`s no way you can reconcile a divine creator and the implications of Darwin`s theory of evolution, yes? And Darwin understood that too because of what he said at the time that he wrote.
JAMES D. WATSON: That`s - yes. You`ve got to define religion. If it`s a personal god who interferes with our lives and listens to our prayers and aware of our existence, I really -- I can only mention one person that I know who believes that, who`s a serious scientist. Francis Collins.