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Seriously, what IS wrong with Kansas?

Evolution on trial in Kansas

bq. The Kansas Board of Education has scheduled six days of courtroom-style hearings to begin Thursday in Topeka. More than two dozen witnesses will give testimony and be subject to cross-examination, with the majority expected to argue against teaching evolution.

C'mon! Are you guys serious up there? Nikki - tell me your neighbors aren't all insane.

Anyone read the Crucible? I'm so embarassed to be in this country some days.

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just_jenn
May. 5th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
Count me in on the list of Embarrased Americans.

WTF, seriously. I believe I read about this somewhere a few weeks back. Sickens me.
andysocial
May. 5th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Evilution
What's really bad is that most scientists are going to ignore this "trial" and then the only opinions they'll hear will be uninformed bull.

There was a great cover for Scientific American (I believe) last year, which read, "Was Darwin Wrong?" and told the reader to turn to a specific page to find the answer. That page had the letters N and O in about 800 point type. There is no credible scientist who disbelieves evolution, just as there is no credible scientist who disbelieves global warming. That's because, in scientifical circles, things aren't beliefs - things are either true or not true. Things that are probably true are treated as true unless disproven.

Contrast this with relgion-land, where things which are not provable are taken as truth, and any evidence and proof which goes against the unprovable things are dismissed. Let's pretend that we can't tell the earth is round, why don't we? Amazing.
just_jenn
May. 5th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: Evilution
There's a gentlemen who you would probably have good conversation with at MYSPACE. I belong to a forum which is centered around religious talk. Like you, he is very well rounded in these matters and offers intelligent counters to those quick to dismiss "unproven" things.
Feel free to pop in any ol time. http://groups.myspace.com/freetalk

God Bless the hypothesis.
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