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November 17, 2005

Well was Darwin right or not?

From Political Gateway...

A monumental exhibit on the life and work of Charles Darwin opens in New York on Saturday with a view to shooting a scholarly broadside at the opponents of teaching evolution in US schools.

"Some would say that science ... is under assault in this country," said Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, where the exhibit is running through May 29.

"The real culprit is the appallingly low state of science literacy and science education in this country, which stands in vivid contrast to the breathtaking scientific advances of the 21st century," Futter told reporters at a press preview.

What happens ever single time you quote Darwin as evidence for the weakness of the religion of Evolution? They claim the "theory" has changed so much since Darwin that what he said is irrelevant. But now they offer Darwin himself as "proof" of their religious beliefs. Orwell called that doublethink.

But it's not surprising that they'd do illogical stuff like that, after all reason has to be suspended in order to believe in such a ridiculous idea as Evolution, in the first place.


Posted by Danny Carlton at November 17, 2005 05:49 AM

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If science is under assault, it is not because of the "appallingly low state of science literacy and science education in this country."

First of all, "science" is not under assault. One particular sub-branch of it is--neo-Darwinism--and a philosophical presupposition that some scientists hold dear is also under attack. That is the belief that all explanations for everything must be material or "natural." The result of this will not be the death of science, or even serious injury. Newton, Kepler, Brahe, Faraday and others got along fine (dare we say) as scientists in spite of believing in realities outside of nature.

Secondly, the assault on those two belief systems is coming from people who are very well educated in science and philosophy, who are raising serious academic and intellectual challenges.

If it were all coming from the mindless rabble that Futter envisions, it would be a simple matter to overcome it. Science is strong; it has no more to fear from the uneducated masses than the U.S. Army has to fear from the Michigan Militia. The reason Futter is worried is because she knows the challenge is coming from intellectual strength, not weakness.

Posted by: Tom Gilson at November 17, 2005 08:17 AM

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