Discussion of everything related to the Theory of Evolution.
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Maybe we can decide for ourselves. http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=50607
The poll only shows that it is the desire of many taxpaying Americans (at least the participants in the poll) to hear more than one side on this issue. Only teaching one scientific interpretation on origins without letting another scientific interpretation state it's case smack's of dogmatism.
No one says they want the Bible in the classroom in public school, but to censure any reference to the possibility of design, if one is to be completely objective, is at least indoctrination and may have the possibility of being an out an out lie.
The poll is worded so that most people will clearly choose B. Science is a process of evidence and refutation - so of course the weaknesses of theory should be taught.
Certain people will interpret this as bipartisan support for teaching "alternatives" to evolution. What will those alternatives be?
Sure design should be addressed in textbooks. Here's what they should say:
"It is possible that the world and/or life in the world was designed by an unknown entity. There is, however, no proof for this - so it cannot be examined further in a scientific manner."
Maybe it could expand the thought a little more and say something like:
"Early philosophers and scientists couldn't help but notice similarities between objects that were created and some that were "natural." This led them to the hypothesis that there may have been a designer. Lacking any evidence to support their observation-based hypothesis, the scientific idea of design was put aside. Perhaps someday truly testable evidence will be found to support this archaic theory, but until then it will only exist as a novel idea - a failed hypothesis."
maybe "failed hypothesis" is too strong, but it sounded good so I left it in.
Anyway, do you see what I'm getting at? Teaching the weaknesses of evolution is NOT the same as teaching design or creation. The latter two are NOT scientific and do not belong in science textbooks.
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I honestly believe that teaching the weaknesses of the evolutionary theory (there are probably some, like in any theory, though I don't know them) in high school would be a remarkably stupid thing. High school students don't know anything about the subject to begin with, it would nearly impossible for them to learn enough to understand the current problems. It's like teaching the weaknesses of string theory and the contradiction between quantum theory and gravitation in a high school physics class. Who the hell would understand anything from that?
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Should "we" decide the best way to carry out heart by-pass surgery? Should "we" decide the best way to design a new passenger airplane? Or should "we" decide to let the experts handle these things?
The problem is that there is no other scientific interpretation. I.D. has failed to come up with an alternative theory to explain the origin of species, and most admit this. So where is the alternative you are refering to?
Again, I have to ask, where is this "design" theory? Where is it published? The Discovery Institute claims they don't have one... if you know of such a theory, please tell us.
and natural selection cannot explain the origin of species as colin leslie dean has shown
natural selection is -from this very site
http://gamahucherpress.yellowgum.com/bo ... ection.pdf
so even darwinism cannot account for the origin of species
lol someone needs to read up on definitions. Compare the ways certain terms are used by ID people and biologists and actually think about why they're disagreeing.
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