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Re: “'Stealth creationism bill' may be dead for this Legislative session

While the inclusion of intelligent design may not hurt test scores, that is not the point. Science is built on objective evidence and provable results. If you would like Intelligent Design discussed in schools I am all for it being discussed in social studies as a cultural phenomenon. However, because it lacks objective and provable evidence, it lacks the criteria for discussion in a science class.

In addition, if we are to acknowledge that some people believe in Intelligent Design over evolution, then we must also incorporate a mention of the beliefs of those of Islamic background, Jewish background, Buddhist background, Hindu background etc, because, if not, we have a public facility choosing one religion's view over another, and that is not the policy of the United States.

Posted by spaceman02 on 06/22/2011 at 11:46 AM

Re: “'Stealth creationism bill' may be dead for this Legislative session

Evolution is of the utmost importance to the study of biology. It helps us understand why species (including our own) have come to be the way they are, and where they may be going in the future. We can also examine how species have adapted to their environments to aid in our own adaptation as humans.

From the Wikipedia article:
"Concepts and models used in evolutionary biology, in particular natural selection, have many applications.
Artificial selection is the intentional selection of traits in a population of organisms. This has been used for thousands of years in the domestication of plants and animals.More recently, such selection has become a vital part of genetic engineering, with selectable markers such as antibiotic resistance genes being used to manipulate DNA. In repeated rounds of mutation and selection proteins with valuable properties have evolved, for example modified enzymes and new antibodies, in a process called directed evolution."

You are correct in that evolution is like a history course. It is the history of all life on Earth. And how does learning about that improve the quality of human life? Well, I've always assumed that ignorance is a hindrance to human happiness, so in that way, it is a deterrent to a large amount of ignorance and thus a creator of a lot of happiness.

Posted by spaceman02 on 06/21/2011 at 10:36 PM

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