National Geographic : 1981 Sep
EVOLUTION I consider it an insult to my intelligence to contin ually be told through your book that evolution has been taking place for millions of years. Evo lution is not scientific. It is a theory without any basis in fact. The only reason one would continue to uphold the theory would be a strong revulsion to faith in God, as revealed in Scripture. Curtis Dickinson Alamogordo, New Mexico We receive about100 letters every yearfrom read ers who feel that our articles sometimes present the theory of evolutionas afactwhile ignoringthe biblicalaccount ofcreation,which they regardas an equally valid and scientific thesis. We make every effort to ensure that articles by scientists about their work accurately reflect that work. Evolutionarymechanisms are normally takenfor granted by the majority of scientists. The GEO GRAPHICdoes not, cannot, andshould not referee in the field of cosmology. PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK Numerous times I have wondered whether you've had requests for an article on equipment and mechanics of producing those superb pic tures. I'm sure many amateur photographers would be interested. Kenneth L. Rice St. Louis, Missouri In response to a continuingdemand, the Society is preparing a book on photography that will be availablelater this year. NEW USE FOR OLD MAG This past week we had a child break her leg at school; I needed a quick splint. So I grabbed a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. She was taken 80 miles away to a hospital-the doctor re marked that it was the best splint he'd ever seen and not to remove it until morning. I'm the school nurse and anxious to replace the magazine. It is good to know it was a good splint; her leg was broken three inches above the ankle. Mary L. Linne, R.N. Stephenville, Texas Lettersshould be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted.