Should evolution be taught in high sc...

Should evolution be taught in high school?

There are 178702 comments on the www.scientificblogging.com story from Feb 24, 2008, titled Should evolution be taught in high school?. In it, www.scientificblogging.com reports that:

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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“I am Sisyphus”

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#119165 Feb 23, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
Rusty only reads certain parts of the articles the he links. He never reads the whole article or pays attention that none of the articles that he links threaten evolution in any way.

I have noticed that. He also appears to quote things he has not read, or not read carefully.

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#119166 Feb 23, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text> Your circular logic is laughable. You can't argue that the fossil record is full of transitional species because they are evolving.

Maybe you don't understand.

He CAN argue that the fossil record is full of transitional species BECAUSE they are evolving.

Get it now, oh logic impaired one?
Russell

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#119167 Feb 23, 2013
The Dude wrote:
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Straw-man. It's HTS's concept. He claimed some genomes were inferior to others. I'm asking him to explain himself.
So, you donít believe in the tree of life?
You are saying that multicellular creatures did not come from single celled organisms?
The Dude wrote:
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The Jews are God's chosen people. He said so.
Only, sadly for you, they were not present at the creation
The Dude wrote:
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No, artificial selection does.
Artificial selection does, AS WELL
The Dude wrote:
Hypothesised evolutionary mechanisms
Otherwise Drosophila melanogaster should be a rhinoceros by now
The Dude wrote:
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Your objections are irrelevant since you openly admitted to having zero interest in science and instead favouring religious apologetics.
Strawman
The Dude wrote:
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Don't you just hate it when your own arguments apply to you?

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#119168 Feb 23, 2013
HTS wrote:
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Absurd logic. You can't assume that because bacteria develop antibiotic resistance that man evolved from a worm.

You, of course, ignore the fossil record and millions of transitional fossils, the genome with all its evidence of evolution in it and ignore evidence of the evolution from field studies, medical studies .......

If I can have a penny for every evidence for evolution I will give you a dollar for every evidence of creationism. I will be rich and you will need to borrow change to buy cup of coffee.

Your straw man has no arms, legs or head. Do you understand my logic impaired friend?

Dogen wrote:
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Your assertion is, in fact, wrong.
IFF the question is evolution OR creation (dichotomy)
AND since evolution is an observed fact
THEN we can conclude that creation is incorrect.
I actually think it is a false dichotomy, but that is an issue to discuss with people who are not in the routine of denying reality.
Russell

Adelaide, Australia

#119169 Feb 23, 2013
Dogen wrote:
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I have noticed that. He also appears to quote things he has not read, or not read carefully.
You mean like Genesis 1:1?

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#119170 Feb 23, 2013
One way or another wrote:
By what has been said, science sent in a bunch of juveniles at the start of the encode project or science didn't like what they had to say, because it didn't fit with their version of evolution.
Ah, the scientists selected for this project were just over zealous kids, according to the grown up scientists.
Hahahahahahahaha
Fruking morons

?

ENCODE is completely consistent with known science.

Buy a clue.

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#119171 Feb 23, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>You're not presenting scientific evidence... You're throwing a hissy fit.

Sounds like more projection on your part.

You may be forgetting which of us has been providing evidence and which of you have been running from it.


Dogen wrote:
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Your assertion is, in fact, wrong.
IFF the question is evolution OR creation (dichotomy)
AND since evolution is an observed fact
THEN we can conclude that creation is incorrect.
I actually think it is a false dichotomy, but that is an issue to discuss with people who are not in the routine of denying reality.

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#119172 Feb 23, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>Your declarations are worthless. There is evidence of an intelligent force... The complexity of life. You can deny it all day... That doesn't erase anything. Science is not making unsubstantiated proclamations. It's providing evidence that can be validated by a skeptic. I am a skeptic. You have provide stories only. Your mountains of "evidence" is non-existent.

As explained before "complexity" does not prove anything as it is only a relative term. Even when it can be operationalized (as in computers) it does give the implication that it cannot be founded on natural processes. RNA anyone?

Second, denial of the mountains of evidence in support of evolution is just meaningless. Okay, so say I deny evidence for electricity. My computer still works, my lights are still on and my tv is still tuned to a boring morning news program. In the same way evolution continues on even with your denial.

And so it goes.

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#119173 Feb 23, 2013
HTS wrote:
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SZ, your arrogance doesn't phase me in the slightest. Your incessant insults only proclaim your deep insecurity and prove to me that you have no idea what science is.

[Projection test]

HTS, your arrogance doesn't phase me in the slightest. Your incessant insults only proclaim your deep insecurity and prove to me that you have no idea what science is.

Okay, which statement better fits the observable facts.

I contend the later statement actually fits the facts.
Russell

Adelaide, Australia

#119174 Feb 23, 2013
The Dude wrote:
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Referencing big technical science words do not support your position. Especially when they disagree with you. But that's okay, you already admitted multiple times over you have no interest in science, only apologetics.
Uh uh
This is not going to work

Its no use trying this form of deception yet again...

YOU raised the issue of no reference being provided that an evolutionary geneticist has stated that 100% of the genome is functional
The Dude wrote:
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Of course you are unable to reference him anyway since you don't even believe in the scientific method he uses in the first place.

Thanks again for another find demonstration of your hypocrisy.
I have provided that reference--->

http://shapiro.bsd.uchicago.edu/Shapiro2009.A...

Shapiro has stated this in the paper I linked:

"One criterion propounded to distinguish informational DNA is whether it is transcribed into RNA. Employing this criterion, the evidence for functionality ----OF ALL---of all regions of the genome has recently been extended by a detailed investigation of 1% of the human genome.

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This Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences study has indicated that---VIRTUALLY ALL---- virtually all DNA in the genome, most of which does not encode protein, is transcribed from one or both strands.

So the central dogma-based notion that the genome can be functionally discriminated into transcribed (informational, coding) and nontranscribed (junk) regions appears to be invalid. There are other reasons for discounting the notion that only protein-coding DNA contains biologically meaningful information."

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ENCODE Project Consortium. 2007. Identi&#64257;cation and analysis of functional elements in 1% of the human genome by the ENCODE pilot project. Nature 447: 799Ė816.

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Admit you're a liar The Dude

You asked for a reference, in your twisted fashion

It was provided

You did not like what it stated....flies in the face of your evo-dogma ...

So, as always...

Sly slippery hand wave...

You are fooling no one...other than yourself

I feel I am dealing with a snake...
Russell

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#119175 Feb 23, 2013
Dogen wrote:
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Sounds like more projection on your part.
You may be forgetting which of us has been providing evidence and which of you have been running from it.
Dogen wrote:
<quoted text>
Your assertion is, in fact, wrong.
IFF the question is evolution OR creation (dichotomy)
AND since evolution is an observed fact
THEN we can conclude that creation is incorrect.
I actually think it is a false dichotomy, but that is an issue to discuss with people who are not in the routine of denying reality.
Face it Dogem

You have no evidence

You repeat what you hear and think others are saying....

You link to tediously sloppy sites

You repeat yourself endlessly

You can't even refute what creationists say about theistic evolution

You claim to be a Christian...but you scorn God's word...

Real smart....
Russell

Adelaide, Australia

#119176 Feb 23, 2013
Dogen wrote:
<quoted text>
?
ENCODE is completely consistent with known science.
Buy a clue.
Absolutely
And proving evolutionary dogma to be incorrect
Russell

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#119177 Feb 23, 2013
Dogen wrote:
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As explained before "complexity" does not prove anything as it is only a relative term. Even when it can be operationalized (as in computers) it does give the implication that it cannot be founded on natural processes. RNA anyone?
Second, denial of the mountains of evidence in support of evolution is just meaningless.
Evolution needs MORE mountains of evidence
Because what you have is just evidence of change
Dogen wrote:
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Okay, so say I deny evidence for electricity. My computer still works, my lights are still on and my tv is still tuned to a boring morning news program. In the same way evolution continues on even with your denial.
And so it goes.
That is patent nonsense

Who would deny that electricity exists?

Your claims are akin to saying that because electricity exists, buildings spontaneously develop wiring and cabling, along with switches and power outlets
Russell

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#119178 Feb 23, 2013
The Dude wrote:
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So what?
You will find that pretty much every organism on Earth has a unique genome.
Fancy that

Just like the Bible says

Every organism also replicates its unique genome into a copy of its own unique genome

...with the exception of the few errors that may slip through....vindicated by the occurrence of the Fall
The Dude wrote:
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You on the other hand are again attempting to claim there was an "original" pre-existing genome from which everything else "fell". Despite you have no evidence and admitted you have no way of knowing.
And you claim chemical turned into horrendously intricate cells by eluding every chemical law in creation and zapped themselves into life...

Despite having no evidence and admitting you have no way of knowing
The Dude wrote:
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Actually we have. Mutations can be detrimental, neutral or beneficial. Observed. Hence if an inherited ERV marker does not prevent an organism from successfully reproducing, that insertion may eventually lead to new function.
So now its viruses dunnit over millions of years?
Tsk tsk...slippery as snake oil
The Dude wrote:
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Gould accepted both evolution and the existence of transitional fossils. He is another favourite for fundies to quotemine.
Gould formulated punctuated equilibrium BECAUSE of the massive issues with the fossil record

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#119179 Feb 23, 2013
Russell wrote:
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You mean like Genesis 1:1?

Exactly.
One way or another

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#119180 Feb 23, 2013
Great arguments Russell, but the Evo children care nothing for science. The pseudoscience of evolution is all they hear.

They simply repeat their dogma via clique until they chase away most people.

That's what schools and governments teaches. Anyone outside the cliques are ridiculed, including scientists that dare say what they don't want.

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#119181 Feb 23, 2013
Russell wrote:
<quoted text>
Evolution needs MORE mountains of evidence
Because what you have is just evidence of change

Evolution = change over time.

No more evidence needed.

Russell wrote:
<quoted text>
That is patent nonsense
Who would deny that electricity exists?

That is my point. Who would deny that evolution happens? I just substituted one scientific fact for another (evolution for electricity).

Russell wrote:
<quoted text> Your claims are akin to saying that because electricity exists, buildings spontaneously develop wiring and cabling, along with switches and power outlets

No your analogy is not good. Electricity existed for billions of years before those things came into being on this planet. Likewise, evolution existed for billions of years and eventually a lifeform came along that was able to utilize electricity with wiring, cabling,.... But that is not really the point.

It is interesting to note that humans have been USING evolution for longer than they have been using electricity (except as a source for fire). Selective breeding uses the mechanism of evolution to alter existing animal with the characteristics the breeder desires.

So evolution has been a fact longer than electricity.
Russell

Adelaide, Australia

#119182 Feb 23, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
Poor Rusty, he has delusions of adequacy again. It seems he likes to pull a Maz now and then too. Like Maz he will find an article with keywords that are hopeful to him and then he posts it as if he has accomplished something.
Rusty, you have shown time after time that you don't understand the few noncreatard articles that you link.
No of course I don't understand plain English
Subduction Zone wrote:
Worse yet you have admitted to denying almost all science. Even science as recent as Newton's mechanics go against your idiotic creatard beliefs.
You wish
Dream on, Bud
This is all you have
Argumentum ad hominem
Subduction Zone wrote:
All you have been able to do is to try to insult people by copying what is said about you.
What insults?
Are you mistaking me for someone else?
You have been known to make some rather....shall we say...."strange" remarks when you're off your evo-goblin face
Subduction Zone wrote:
Unfortunately since others do not make the same grade school mistakes that you do those insults do not apply.
You mean like the RLN being bad design?
The retina being wired backwards being bad design?
Fast and slow rabbits?
Whale evolution?
Archie?
Lenski's bacteria?
Junk DNA?
Haeckel's drawings?
Chimps and humans evolved from a common ancestor?
Mutations and the like dunnit over millions of years?
Transitional fossils?
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.
.
.
This list goes on...and on.....and...on
Evo-tard "brilliance" in general...
Subduction Zone wrote:
ignorance is a mighty fortress for Rusty.
Says he from his ivory tower of oblivion driven by a frantic desire to remain champ of the chumps
....And the droning offers to teach....
Uggh!

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#119183 Feb 23, 2013
Russell wrote:
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Fancy that
Just like the Bible says
Every organism also replicates its unique genome into a copy of its own unique genome
...with the exception of the few errors that may slip through....vindicated by the occurrence of the Fall

Since these errors have been occurring for over 3.5 billion years, when exactly did "the fall" (sic - not actually a biblical term) occur?

You have a problem.

Second, the similarity of genomes is directly related to the length of time the two organisms have been separated by evolutionary history. Not one counterexample has been found.

The EXACT same nested hierarchy found in the fossil record is found in:
- DNA
- Morphology
- Ontogeny
- ERV insertion pattern
- Redundant pseudogenes
- Phylogenies
- Cladistics

Russell wrote:
<quoted text> And you claim chemical turned into horrendously intricate cells by eluding every chemical law in creation and zapped themselves into life...

What in the name of Osirus are you talking about? So, in addition to biology you also don't get chemistry. Small wonder.

I go even a step further. I claim that hydrogen atoms turned into horrendously intricate molecules by a process I call nature.

Russell wrote:
<quoted text> Gould formulated punctuated equilibrium BECAUSE of the massive issues with the fossil record

Actually, Darwin formulated punctuated equilibrium. Gould supplied the name and ran with the concept.

Gradualism was assumed early on due to the principle of parsimony. Observations required that to be rejected. Still, Darwin got it right in the beginning.

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#119184 Feb 23, 2013
Russell wrote:
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No of course I don't understand plain English

We Know. We know.


Note the vapidity of the rest of Russell's post.

[QUOTE who="Russell"]<qu oted text>
You wish
Dream on, Bud
This is all you have
Argumentum ad hominem
<quoted text>
What insults?
Are you mistaking me for someone else?
You have been known to make some rather....shall we say...."strange" remarks when you're off your evo-goblin face
<quoted text>
You mean like the RLN being bad design?
The retina being wired backwards being bad design?
Fast and slow rabbits?
Whale evolution?
Archie?
Lenski's bacteria?
Junk DNA?
Haeckel's drawings?
Chimps and humans evolved from a common ancestor?
Mutations and the like dunnit over millions of years?
Transitional fossils?
.
.
.
.
.
This list goes on...and on.....and...on
Evo-tard "brilliance" in general...
<quoted text>
Says he from his ivory tower of oblivion driven by a frantic desire to remain champ of the chumps
....And the droning offers to teach....
Uggh!

Emotionalism without substance. Typical of creationists.

You need to learn evolutionary theology and come to realize that science does not refute religion nor does science ever even attempt to refute religion. That is just a function of your paranoid belief system.

http://evolutionarytheology.wordpress.com/

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