From something I'm working on -- & closely related to what is described here, of course.
The "disentanglement project": an empirical research program
“Evolution” refers not only to a scientifically grounded account of the natural history of life on earth but also to a symbol in relationship to which people's stances signify membership in one or another cultural group. The confounding of the former and the latter are at the root of a cluster of related societal problems. One is simply how to measure individual comprehension of evolutionary science and science generally. Another is how to impart collective knowledge on terms that avoid needlessly conditioning its acquisition on an abandonment or denigration of cultural commitments collateral to science. And a final problem is how to protect the enterprise of acquiring, assessing, and transmitting knowledge from becoming a focal point for cultural status competition corrosive of the reciprocal benefits that science and liberal democratic governance naturally confer on one another. This paper discuss the “disentanglement project,” an empirical research program aimed at identifying an integrated set of practices for unconfounding the status of evolution as a token of collective knowledge and a symbol of cultural identity within the institutions of the liberal state.