Should evolution be taught in high school?

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Microbiologist Carl Woese is well known as an iconoclast. At 79 years of age, Woese is still shaking things up. Most recently, he stated in an interview with Wired that...

"My feeling is that evolution shouldn't be taught at the lower grades. You don't teach quantum mechanics in the grade schools. One has to be quite educated to work with these concepts; what they pass on as evolution in high schools is nothing but repetitious tripe that teachers don't understand." Read more
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113541 Jan 4, 2013
So anyway Cowboy, it's not only a new month, but a new Mayan calendar! A new age!!!

(ahem)

Why do you accept Sanford as a reliable authority when you know of his religious bias which requires him to throw objectivity (and pretty much the whole of science) out the window in favour of his religious beliefs as a YEC? Why do you accept the words of other creationists who also begin with a theological bias, like Dembski, Behe and Denton? Why do you accept the views of Dembski who is a mathematician (not a biologist), and not a very prolific one at that?

Sanford is a YEC. Dembski is an OEC. Behe accepts common descent, but thinks evolution couldn't happen without Goddidit, and that God might be dead. Denton accepts evolution and doesn't support whatever it is you think he does because your info is out of date. Yet most creationists happily continue to quotemine him anyway. And Francis Collins accepts evolution. So why do you accept the words of all these people when they ALL conflict with each other?

If genetic entropy is a problem for evolution, please explain why the human population appears to be propagating without too much problem. Please explain why DNA points to common descent and if it doesn't then please provide an alternative. Please explain why the fossil record points to common descent and if it doesn't then please provide an alternative. Please explain why orthologous ERV's point to common descent and if they don't then please provide an alternative. Please explain why fused chromosome 2 points to common descent and if it doesn't then please provide an alternative. Please explain why the fossil record, DNA and orthologous ERV's fall into the same nested hierarchies, pointing to common descent and if they don't then please provide an alternative. Don't forget to let us know why you fail to address the fact that the flagellum's status as IC was compromised by Yersinia pestis.

Previously you have hinted at Intelligent Design. What exactly IS the "scientific theory" of ID? Who or what is the designer and how can we tell? What mechanism did it use to do whatever it is you think it did and how can we tell? How is "design" quantified? When and where did it do it? What observations can be made in regards to ID? Why is this (potentially all-powerful universe-creating) designer apparently incapable of evolution and how were these limits determined scientifically? What useful scientific predictions does ID make? How can it be tested? How can it be falsified? Why do you always lie & ignore anything theologically inconvenient?

(sound of crickets putting jet engines on cars)

Uhuh, thought so.

Here's to ANOTHER happy new year!!!

:-)

“Don't get me started”

Level 1

Since: Jul 09

Minneapolis

#113542 Jan 4, 2013
wtf wrote:
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If the scientist can't answer the questions about holes or missing links, how am I supposed to. I guess if i knew the answer to the holes and missing links, then there would be no holes and the links wouldn't be missing. But you must know the answer so enlighten me!
We don't have fossil evidence of every generation of any species and following those generations to include the path to new species. Creationists claim that this constitutes "missing links". But the ToE does not depend on counting every generation. The evidence is in following the branches.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113543 Jan 4, 2013
obestiy wrote:
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so you actually take the bible literally?
Hey SOMEBODY has to, since even the creationists don't.(shrug)
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113544 Jan 4, 2013
wtf wrote:
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If the scientist can't answer the questions about holes or missing links, how am I supposed to. I guess if i knew the answer to the holes and missing links, then there would be no holes and the links wouldn't be missing. But you must know the answer so enlighten me!
No problem. "Missing link" is nothing more than a 100 year old ignorant creationist argument based on their own misunderstandings.

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/evolution/T9Q...
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113545 Jan 4, 2013
wtf wrote:
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Mutations are changes in existing genes, but evolution doesn't explain where the first brand new gene came from. Google penis worm, an interesting article pops up, I think you might find it interesting. It's not about a penis by the way.
The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis. The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis. The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis. The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis.

This may have been mentioned before.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113546 Jan 4, 2013
wtf wrote:
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He is not correct. Muslims take the Quran literally and are creationist. They are reluctant to accept anything that goes against the Quran at all. If you think gays and transgendered people are treated like crap in the USA, you should see what happens to them over there. Didn't you hear about the Muslim that murdered his own daughter for getting raped. I guess you really don't know crap about all these religions.
Funny, I recall seeing a video on youtube with an Islamic scientist having an argument with a literalistic Muslim over whether or not the Earth was flat. There are, believe it or not, still some areas of the Middle East which aren't *completely* fundamentalist.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113547 Jan 4, 2013
Danzig wrote:
Check out a new philosophy with sense, it's called Alkuajatus
Philosophy beyond the personal subjective is worth its weight in poop. Reality doesn't care what philosophy has to say.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#113548 Jan 4, 2013
appleboy wrote:
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We don't have fossil evidence of every generation of any species and following those generations to include the path to new species. Creationists claim that this constitutes "missing links". But the ToE does not depend on counting every generation. The evidence is in following the branches.
Creationists demand we provide a step by step, mutation by mutation, organism by organism account for the entire 4 billion year history of biological life on Earth and if we can't do that then science is wrong.

In which case I say if they can't tell us what Jesus had for breakfast on Thursday 17th April then creationism is wrong.

Plus they have it easy, they only got 6,000 years to worry about.
what

Rancho Cordova, CA

#113549 Jan 4, 2013
Ooogah Boogah wrote:
<quoted text>So, Monday is "date night"?
It has to be the hand, I was told no pulling out, it might contaminate the sample.

“I am Sisyphus”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#113550 Jan 4, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
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Ironically not what I was attempting to do. Since he didn't attempt to counter it I think he actually understood what I was saying, which may be a rare thing but give credit where due. So long as he doesn't attempt to counter it, it demonstrates that he has acknowledge his mistake, as far as I am concerned.

By that standard he agrees with 75% of everything I have ever wrote here.

“I am Sisyphus”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#113551 Jan 4, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
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I'm actually going to the beach! It's sunny and 80s!

I officially hate you.
what

Rancho Cordova, CA

#113552 Jan 4, 2013
The Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Funny, I recall seeing a video on youtube with an Islamic scientist having an argument with a literalistic Muslim over whether or not the Earth was flat. There are, believe it or not, still some areas of the Middle East which aren't *completely* fundamentalist.
Then by the "true muslims" he shall be beheaded. You should go over there, I'm sure they would love to talk to you. They are a very peaceful people. I do have to say I enjoyed my time with the Kurds. I ate some wonderful food, they even taught me to dance
what

Rancho Cordova, CA

#113553 Jan 4, 2013
The Dude wrote:
<quoted text>The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis. The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis. The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis. The theory of evolution does not rely on abiogenesis.

This may have been mentioned before.
So it only relies on that very first gene mutating, but doesn't care where it came from? Even though knowing where it came from would solve a huge mystery
One way or another

United States

#113554 Jan 4, 2013
Anything the Evo morons can't answer, they don't need.
Mother Mary

Chicago, IL

#113555 Jan 4, 2013
Pinky And The Brain wrote:
Only creationists haven't evolved.
They don't believe in evolution for a good reason. It's because they haven't evolved, they still have the intelligence of a primitive ape.
Only we have evolved to our present form of intelligence.
Go past our solar system....lay down the good book and think. It takes a human with brains and intelligence to understand whats really out there millions of miles from this spec. Religion stops thinking at the surface......Heaven/hell. Go beyond and be alive..........
hehe

Rancho Cordova, CA

#113556 Jan 4, 2013
Mother Mary wrote:
<quoted text>Go past our solar system....lay down the good book and think. It takes a human with brains and intelligence to understand whats really out there millions of miles from this spec. Religion stops thinking at the surface......Heaven/hell. Go beyond and be alive..........
I find you to be a very interesting person.
Mugwump

Bradford, UK

#113557 Jan 4, 2013
One way or another wrote:
Anything the Evo morons can't answer, they don't need.
Ever get bored of ....... well being you ?
Mugwump

Bradford, UK

#113558 Jan 4, 2013
what wrote:
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So it only relies on that very first gene mutating, but doesn't care where it came from? Even though knowing where it came from would solve a huge mystery
So do you reject all of science, physics ----> chemistry ---> biology etc (the ----> are to indicate a progression) because we cant definitively define universal origins ?

You are correct in that knowing origins in any field would be a huge bonus, but nonetheless does NOT detract from science that explains what happens after.

“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#113559 Jan 4, 2013
what wrote:
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Out of all these posters on here I thought you of all people would know I never said the god dunnit crap..you are reading into oogah boogah and pinkies BS to much.
No, I'm just sick of the "god dun it" non-answer.

Anyway, I was the one that perfected that phrase. So meh. They copied me.

“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#113560 Jan 4, 2013
One way or another wrote:
Anything the Evo morons can't answer, they don't need.
You do realize that you just insulted creationists, right?

We can live with not knowing, you fear the unknown so much you have to make it up.

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