Tuesday, August 22, 2006

On a Scientific Note...

Phyllis Schlafly has an interesting piece about evolution and Kansas and schools at Townhall.com. It's called "Criticism of Evolution Can't be Silenced."

Phyllis Schlafly is sometimes put down, but she is actually a highly intelligent, highly accomplished woman. Here is a brief bio of her--very much worth a read.

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At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Barb said...

The article made a good point about how a lot of evolutionist do not want the shortcomings of theory taught. I was glad that when we had the section in my College Biology class that the Instructor for that section made it clear that it was a theory. I had other teachers usually in Psychology who would speak as though everyone in the classroom believed in evolution. On the other hand, I had a class in Anataomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism and my Professor was always cute how he pointed out such things as whether it was Evolution or God's creation that he thought it was very good that we had two eyes or two ears especially if one were damaged. And studying the anatomy of the system used for both speech, eating, and breathing made me marvel at what is so automatic to most.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Hi, Barb! I'll bet that Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism was fascinating.

I think evolution should be taught--it's so pervasive that people should know about it. The thing is, it would be more useful scientifically to discuss the shortcomings of the theory. Then people would have a realistic view of it and it would further scientific work to know the real status of evolution.

At 11:18 PM, Blogger BrianJ said...

"it would be more useful scientifically to discuss the shortcomings of the theory."

Do you feel this way about all science, or just evolution? What percentage of "facts" taught in schools, would you say, are without controversy or ambiguity? Is it limited to biological science, or does it also apply to history, law, physics, art, etc?

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Oh, I feel this way about any and every subject. It just seems as though evolution is given a pass. As for a percentage of facts without controversy or ambiguity, I wouldn't be able to say. Any subject that lends itself to interpretation, which is just about every one of them, can have at least some controversy or ambiguity. What concerns me is when things begin to be interpreted in only one way, when there isn't adequate support of evidence for doing so. If something is true, it will stay true through the rigors of honest investigation. Perhaps we rush to decide that something is a fact, when there needs to be further research and testing. Perhaps we let our biases determine too much (and really, us being human, this is always a problem).


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