Should evolution be taught in high school?

Feb 24, 2008 | Posted by: Cash | Full story: www.scientificblogging.com

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."

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One way or another wrote:
The Evo morons here and their childish clique, make claims that everything they talk about, proves evolution or everything that supports evolution, but when they are challenged, they resort to the childish cliques only line and that is, the clique using their childish antics, to show everyone, the clique cares nothing about science, but rather their clique. If you use intelligent reasoning, they will use childish antics and not care what anyone thinks or says.
Actually Jimbo we're still waiting for that challenge. I know you're upset just because HTS has had every single one of his baseless claims eviscerated, but that's not our problem.
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Deceit is their first and last line of defense.
Jim, why are you, a known and confirmed liar accusing other people of lying?

Remember that at any time you can jump in and help your creationist fellows. As it is though you tend to alienate yourself from them too. Just like you do with Urban Bozo-boy. Just think how incredible it would be if you all joined forces - the amazing team of creation "scientists"! Falsifying evolution today, cover of time magazine tomorrow!!!

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The Evo morons here and their childish clique, make claims that everything they talk about, proves evolution or everything that supports evolution, but when they are challenged, they resort to the childish cliques only line and that is, the clique using their childish antics, to show everyone, the clique cares nothing about science, but rather their clique. If you use intelligent reasoning, they will use childish antics and not care what anyone thinks or says.
Deceit is their first and last line of defense.
Jim, what exactly is the purpose of your posts?

It obviously isn't to further the scientific knowledge of mankind - or you would submit your 'new science' to the relevant publications.

It obviously isn't to engage in any discourse as you never respond to any questions about your 'new science'

It obviously isn't to endear yourself - as your homophobic and anti-semetic rants have burned that bridge.

You could learn something (I know I have) from reading and engaging with posters (even if you disagree with them)- but you don't.

So what exactly are you trying to achieve?

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<quoted text>Your idiotic charactures of God only reveal your base ignorance. No one is suggesting that "God" = "magic". And your suggestiion that science is "closing the gap" on the "god of the gaps" argument is equally ridiculous. I'll give you the atheist definition of "supernatural": Anything that excludes intelligent design... any proposal, regardless of how scientifically illogical, will be blindly accepted as long as it does not invoke an external source of intelligence. You can't explain through science how anyting evolved. All you can do is fabricate just-so stories. That's not science.

This is just nonsense. You have an opinion and are on the job. If you don't understand the science then you just need to read about it. Not make it up or copy unsound notions from creationist sites.

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HTS wrote:
<quoted text>"EVOLUTIONDIDIT is your only explanation for abiogenesis, despite the fact that every proposal is scientifically illogical. You are only committed to your predetermined religion of atheism. You're pretending to use science to justify your worldview.

Where do you get this nonsense? It is absolutely nutty.

You have never taken a college level science class in your life, have you?

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<quoted text>Evolution is not remotely "science". It is a metaphysical paradigm founded on an a priori rejection of intelligent design. Nothing in the world of experimental biology has any relevancy to evolution whatsoever.

Again, this is a combination of silliness and being steeped in a belief system that you feel you must defend.

You are completely unaware of what is known in science and how the scientific method works. You are told what to believe and you believe it.

But there is nothing in our religion that requires you to do this. Like Billy Graham, the Pope and many others I am perfectly happy with science and see no conflict between what is know to science and my religious beliefs.

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<quoted text> "science" is not "evolution".

True, but evolution is science.

Actually, the theory of evolution is the most materially supported theory in the entire history of science. That is why it has stood up so well to nearly 160 years of scientific and lay scrutiny.

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None of your assumed laws that created and diversified life have been proven to exist.
Your definition of "natural law" is any speculation made by intellectuals that excludes intelligent design. Who are you to assume that God doesn't exist and doesn't comply with natural law?

Intelligent design is not science. ID has no supporting evidence. ID has no theory. ID has proposed no working hypothesis. ID has no support in the scientific community. ID makes no coherent and testable predictions. ID is not observable.

Evolution, however, is all of those things.
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Your posts are filled with scientific mythconceptions and logical fallacies. You are very emotional and your posts are rife with emotionalism. But here logic and education are more persuasive. Please try to learn something of science before trying to debunk it.
Thanks.
What misconceptions and logical fallacies? You are obviously a total stranger to experimental science if you think evolution remotely qualifies as science.
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Where do you get this nonsense? It is absolutely nutty.
You have never taken a college level science class in your life, have you?
How about four years of medical school?
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True, but evolution is science.
Actually, the theory of evolution is the most materially supported theory in the entire history of science. That is why it has stood up so well to nearly 160 years of scientific and lay scrutiny.
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Materially supported? What a joke... Evolution is entirely irrelevant to experimental science and is founded solely on man's imagination.
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This is just nonsense. You have an opinion and are on the job. If you don't understand the science then you just need to read about it. Not make it up or copy unsound notions from creationist sites.
Dogen... Your insecurity is transparent. I have obviously assaulted your atheistic religion, and I understand your pathetic attempts to justify your amoral worldview with science.

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<quoted text>How about four years of medical school?
Couldn't pass the graduation exams huh? Not surprising to me. Perhaps it was because you were home schooled and self taught??
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HTS wrote:
<quoted text>Dogen... Your insecurity is transparent. I have obviously assaulted your atheistic religion, and I understand your pathetic attempts to justify your amoral worldview with science.
Still dodging my question, it's obvious you can't defend your argument about how evolution is dependent on abiogenisis so let's move on to your argument about how evolution is a atheistic construct.

Hey - waddya know - i can use the same post from before (killing two birds with one piece of logic as it were)- how cool is that ?

Dodge away.
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Rubbish - but will give you a chance to back up your claim, consider the following 2 scenarios
A) God created the first life form (say a self replicating molecule), then used the process of evolution to diversify over the next 3-4 billion years
B) a particular set of conditions (as yet unknown) allowed a molecule to self-replicated the the process of evolution diversified life over the next 3-4 billion years.
Question : how would you refute the Scenerio B (with respect to evolution) without refuting Scenerio A)
Forget HOW life started, concentrate on the diversification part.
If you can't - your claim about how 'Darwinism' is wrong without abiogenisis is baseless.
Rational answers will be discussed.
BS will be ridiculed
Ready , set , go !
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<quoted text>How about four years of medical school?
Let us know when you start.(shrug)
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<quoted text>I know you are out there. Way out there.
Im not the one praying and talking to a ghost. Futher out there.
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Materially supported? What a joke... Evolution is entirely irrelevant to experimental science and is founded solely on man's imagination.
In that case you should have no problem addressing it then:

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/evolution/TCT...
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<quoted text>Dogen... Your insecurity is transparent. I have obviously assaulted your atheistic religion, and I understand your pathetic attempts to justify your amoral worldview with science.
What does atheism have to do with anything? Unless of course you happen to reject evolution because you think Goddidit with magic?
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What does atheism have to do with anything? Unless of course you happen to reject evolution because you think Goddidit with magic?
2 questions: 1)Are we alone in the universe? and 2)Is the God/Jesus story true or a fable?
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In that case you should have no problem addressing it then:
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/evolution/TCT...
HTS - is a typical creationist

posting arguments that he has read on DI/AIG etc but not really understood

When asked to back up his assertions he just ignores it and carries on posting the same stuff

Bit tedious really, at least UC will follow it through to an extent
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Adam and Steve wrote:
<quoted text>2 questions: 1)Are we alone in the universe? and 2)Is the God/Jesus story true or a fable?
1) probably not
2) can't be proved either way, but as there is no evidence to support it - can replace 'God/Jesus' with Flying Spaghetti Monster and ask the same question.

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