Nope. He really isn’t. He’s actually a disgraceful science denialist.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dodged three questions on Tuesday about whether he personally believes the theory of evolution explains the presence of complex life on Earth.
The reality is I’m not an evolutionary biologist,the Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential hopeful told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
That’s not an excuse. You don’t need to be a professional biologist to understand the basics of evolution, just as you don’t need to be a master carpenter to understand that wood comes from trees. A good high school course or reading from any of dozens of easily available popular texts is sufficient (I recommend anything by Carl Zimmer). Or, you know, you could maybe get a fucking college degree in biology from an ivy league college. Ask Mike the Mad Biologist, who criticizes one critique of Jindal as being too gentle.
Razib lets Jindal off far too easy. Why? Because Jindal and I both received degrees in biology with honors from Brown in the exact same year. Having gone through that program at the same time, there is no conceivable way that he received his degree not knowing that there is overwhelming evidence from the fossil record for evolution regardless of his focus (“the most minimal details of population genetics” have nothing to do with what Jindal erroneously claimed).
Jindal is not an evolutionary biologist. He just has an honors degree in biology from a university that appropriately puts evolution at the heart of the curriculum. And apparently he learned nothing.