Should evolution be taught in high school?

Feb 24, 2008 Full story: www.scientificblogging.com 176,180

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." Full Story

“I am Sisyphus”

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#115436 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
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I am the one being objective here! Yes, we observe diversity within species. No, evolution doesn't explain it; in fact, diversity exists in spite of evolution! In every single case, the organism was found as it always is found. You'd think this would be a clue.

You are the one being objective here???????

You caused me to spew my Diet Coke all over the place.

Not one single organism is unchanged over evolutionary time period. Even "living fossils" are significantly different from their ancestors in the fossil record.

You'd think this would be a clue.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#115437 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
The record indicates that any particular species has always been the same species.
Yep! Except for the vast record that indicates evolution.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
From whatever layer you find a fossil of it to the time it went extinct or until present day. This simple fact negates all your dream-weaving stories.
And we also find precursors and post, uh, cursors, which are similar, but show progression of differences, that just so happen to look like evolution.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
And then you have actual observable science.
Yes, you're right. We do. You don't.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
Still there is no clear-cut example of any organism changing into something different than what it is.
Correct. But there are plenty of examples of organisms which are preceded by similar but different organisms, and followed by similar but different organisms. And when we put them in a row we observe clear evolutionary progression.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
Only variations on a common theme. Common design by a common designer is what is obviously the case.


Why, obviously. The unknown unobservable designer that didit via unknown unobservable mechanisms and left an unknown unobservable trace.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
There are several generic design concepts that have been slightly modified for variety.
Sure. Cars, planes, ships...
Urban Cowboy wrote:
There is no evidence at all that any particular specific design
There is no evidence of design, period.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
changed its basic form just due to the passage of time.
Plenty of transitionals which can only be ignored for theological reasons.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
Plus you have all the genetic controls for error correction and maintenance to prevent this from happening.
Which don't actually prevent it from happening.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
Plus you have genetic entropy and accumulating deleteriuos mutations working against change.
Wait, so you're saying that change prevents change? Well done! Oh, you also left out the parts about natural selection and beneficial mutations which overcome these problems as is observed in all species with currently increasing populations. This PARTICULARLY applies to humans.

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#115438 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
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The record indicates that any particular species has always been the same species. From whatever layer you find a fossil of it to the time it went extinct or until present day. This simple fact negates all your dream-weaving stories.

This is delusional. Absolutely in conflict with the observed evidence. It is just denial followed up with a clear case of projection.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
<quoted text> And then you have actual observable science. Still there is no clear-cut example of any organism changing into something different than what it is.

Sorry, the fossil and DNA records are replete with this.

Not one organism from the Cambrian still exists today.

Not one unchanged organism from the Cretaceous still exists today.

That is a 100% refutation of creationism and ID.

I don't need to discuss genetic entropy since it has been refuted.

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#115439 Jan 29, 2013
appleboy wrote:
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I suppose we might be splitting hairs on the concept of what constitutes a delusion. But either way, intensive institutional treatment is Jim's best hope for recovery.

He has no hope of recovery.
One way or another

United States

#115440 Jan 29, 2013
Well children, you constantly play your same games, because you have nothing of your own. Tsk tsk children. You play your stupid childish games and I'll play mine. Oops, mine includes new and real science. Let us know when you evo children get a brain.
One way or another

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#115441 Jan 29, 2013
Coming depression aftershock

Ya know how I've always been projecting doom and gloom for our economy, well children, its gonna get much worse. The housing market will keep falling, the stock market will crash again and we will suffer another depression, much much deeper than the last Great Depression.

It will happen within 1 to 5 years.

http://w3.newsmax.com/a/aftershockb/video47a....
LowellGuy

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#115442 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
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The record indicates that any particular species has always been the same species. From whatever layer you find a fossil of it to the time it went extinct or until present day. This simple fact negates all your dream-weaving stories. And then you have actual observable science. Still there is no clear-cut example of any organism changing into something different than what it is. Only variations on a common theme. Common design by a common designer is what is obviously the case. There are several generic design concepts that have been slightly modified for variety. There is no evidence at all that any particular specific design changed its basic form just due to the passage of time. Plus you have all the genetic controls for error correction and maintenance to prevent this from happening. Plus you have genetic entropy and accumulating deleteriuos mutations working against change.
Finches are not a species.

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#115443 Jan 29, 2013
One way or another wrote:
Coming depression aftershock

Ya know how I've always been projecting doom and gloom for our economy, well children, its gonna get much worse. The housing market will keep falling, the stock market will crash again and we will suffer another depression, much much deeper than the last Great Depression.

It will happen within 1 to 5 years.

http://w3.newsmax.com/a/aftershockb/video47a....
Is it time again for you to take your meds?

“That's just MY opinion...”

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#115444 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
The record indicates that any particular species has always been the same species. From whatever layer you find a fossil of it to the time it went extinct or until present day. This simple fact negates all your dream-weaving stories.
Then it's odd that no species existing in the fossil record exists now and no species that exists now appears in the fossil record (unless you're using some goofy Creationist definition of "species").
Urban Cowboy wrote:
And then you have actual observable science. Still there is no clear-cut example of any organism changing into something different than what it is. Only variations on a common theme.
Organisms don't evolve individually and the variations within populations are the raw material that feeds the Evolutionary process.
Urban Cowboy wrote:
Common design by a common designer is what is obviously the case. There are several generic design concepts that have been slightly modified for variety. There is no evidence at all that any particular specific design changed its basic form just due to the passage of time. Plus you have all the genetic controls for error correction and maintenance to prevent this from happening. Plus you have genetic entropy and accumulating deleteriuos mutations working against change.
If you have "all the genetic controls for error correction and maintenance to prevent this from happening", how can the Genome be continually degraded by "genetic entropy and accumulating deleteriuos mutations"?
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#115445 Jan 29, 2013
If you children can refute what I write, I'll stop writing it. You keep lying, claiming you already did, but that's all ya got.
The science of running by Jim Ryan.
Yes, I used to run 10 miles a day for about 2 years. For whatever reason, I started counting a cadence in my head, that matched the cadence of my footfalls and my breathing, which synced body and mind, helping me to get into a trance like state, allowing me to run mile after mile without stress and the last mile I could run almost flat out.
I know they teach different things today, but give my method a try, I think you'll like it. By the way, keep your eyes focused just in front of you, on the ground.
The cadence in running I used to use was, "one two three one", " one two three two", "one two three three", and keep going.
It's a 4 count breathing in and then a 4 count breathing out.
Happy running.
One way or another

United States

#115446 Jan 29, 2013
Come on children, get a brain.
Spin electron rate earth gravity
Original work
By Jim Ryan
Supported by evidence
EDEE!
As everything is connected to everything and everyone, so too must earths spin and rotational rates, as well as electromagnetism and gravity.
From my perspective at this time, the reason science does not understand electromagnetisim or gravity, is because science cannot measure spin rate in electrons, so as to compare with the spin rate of the
Electrons in our bodies-- as a reason we do not feel the spinning of the earth and more.
The possibility exists that electrons spin correlates to either the earths spin rate on its axis, the rotational rate around our barycenter or possibly a combination.
If science were to use earths spin rate first, in doing test within the electromagnetic field, it may reveal much more. Do the electrons in our bodies spin at 1000 miles per hour and is that the reason we don't feel the earth spinning as it does?

“I am Sisyphus”

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#115447 Jan 29, 2013
One way or another wrote:
Coming depression aftershock
Ya know how I've always been projecting doom and gloom for our economy, well children, its gonna get much worse. The housing market will keep falling, the stock market will crash again and we will suffer another depression, much much deeper than the last Great Depression.
It will happen within 1 to 5 years.
http://w3.newsmax.com/a/aftershockb/video47a....

Gullible people believe anything.
Mugwump

Manchester, UK

#115448 Jan 29, 2013
Dogen wrote:
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Gullible people believe anything.
Have you noticed how he has all but given up with actually engaging in discussion now ?

I have asked him 4 times (my limit) to post what he thinks is his best 'new science' and we can discuss it rationally - the fact that he just goes into 'spamalot' mode suggests that maybe he knows he can't defend any of it.

In some ways this is maybe a pointer that he is'nt completly 'gone' and has some self awareness

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#115449 Jan 29, 2013
Dogen wrote:
<quoted text>Gullible people believe anything.
true dat

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#115450 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
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I am the one being objective here! Yes, we observe diversity within species. No, evolution doesn't explain it; in fact, diversity exists in spite of evolution! In every single case, the organism was found as it always is found. You'd think this would be a clue.
Hey, Urban, how you doing.

I see you are still arguing that magic is the best explanation of the diversity of life on earth. Though it is an attractive hypothesis for its simplemindedness I just don't find it to be a very satisfying explanation.

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#115451 Jan 29, 2013
Dogen wrote:
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You are the one being objective here???????
You caused me to spew my Diet Coke all over the place.
Not one single organism is unchanged over evolutionary time period. Even "living fossils" are significantly different from their ancestors in the fossil record.
You'd think this would be a clue.
Be patient. UC is taking classes in biology. He hasn't yet gotten to the chapter on reproduction, where it explains that every generation of each species produces near (but not exactly the same) copies of the parent generation. At some point it will hit him that, OMG, macroevolution is just lots and lots and lots of microevolution.

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#115452 Jan 29, 2013
Urban Cowboy wrote:
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The record indicates that any particular species has always been the same species.
So you are saying that humans should still be classified as H. erectus?

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#115453 Jan 29, 2013
Y'all wouldn't strain at a gnat and swallow a camel would ya?

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#115454 Jan 29, 2013
01Justsayin wrote:
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Splitting hairs? lol Ya don't say!
Well ya, I'd call it splitting hairs. It seems to me that Jimbo is just hoping to convince people that he is so smart that Newton and Einstein would be impressed with his grand vision. He hopes to deflect people from seeing the poverty of knowledge that he feels is inside him. Dogan would contend that Jimbo has actually succeeded in fooling himself. Only Jimbo can say for sure.

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#115455 Jan 29, 2013
Dogen wrote:
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Gullible people believe anything.
Anything is possible if you don't know what you're talking about.- Chip Todd

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