Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Reason #8745 Not to Raise Children in Kansas..........

.......(via World Wide Rant and Evolution)

(cue scary music......)

Dun dun dun DAAAAAAAHHHHHHH........

Evolution Debate Returns to Kansas

A new evolution storm is gathering over Kansas.

The next Kansas Board of Education won’t be seated until January, but a renewed debate over the teaching of evolution in science classes already is beginning.

Jack Krebs, who supports instruction in evolution, will tell an audience tonight at the University of Kansas that the new board probably will go back to a stance similar to one the board took in 1999 when it diluted the teaching of evolution in public schools. Kansas was ridiculed worldwide that time, he said.

This time, he said, the board could do more than embarrass the state: It also could hurt the state’s blossoming biosciences initiative.

“People who are concerned about this ought to start talking about it now before it happens rather than waiting until after it happens and having the damage done,” said Krebs, a high school teacher.

John Calvert, a leader on the other side of the debate, criticized Krebs for speaking publicly at this time and KU for serving as host of the forum. A committee appointed by the state Board of Education still is drafting an update of the science standards, and “what Jack is doing is undermining that process,” said Calvert, a founder of Intelligent Design Network Inc., a group formed in the wake of the 1999 debate. Krebs is a member of the board’s committee.

Mounting evidence shows that evolution alone does not explain the origin of life, Calvert said. Students should be allowed to also hear about intelligent design, he said, the theory that the universe was designed and cannot be explained by Charles Darwin’s theory of natural processes alone.

Not like I needed a whole lot of reasons not to move to Kansas, but jeeez guys, didn't you learn anything last time? Don't you remember the entire country laughing at you when you couldn't seem to keep religion out of the science classrooms? Or at least understand WHY you shouldn't teach religion in science classrooms? No?

Ok then. Time for a review. (please see the sidebar for some excellent scientific links concerning evolution-these Q and A's are taken from these sites- TalkOrigins and TalkDesigns)

Question: I thought evolution was just a theory. Why do you call it a fact?

Answer: Biological evolution is a change in the genetic characteristics of a population over time. That this happens is a fact. Biological evolution also refers to the common descent of living organisms from shared ancestors. The evidence for historical evolution -- genetic, fossil, anatomical, etc. -- is so overwhelming that it is also considered a fact. The theory of evolution describes the mechanisms that cause evolution. So evolution is both a fact and a theory.

Question: The odds against a simple cell coming into being without divine intervention are staggering.

Answer: And irrelevant. Scientists don't claim that cells came into being through random processes. They are thought to have evolved from more primitive precursors.

Question:What are the "scientific" arguments used to support Intelligent Design?

Answer: The arguments for Intelligent Design are primarily arguments from ignorance, also known as god-of-the-gaps arguments. ID advocates also claim to have positive evidence of ID, in the form of "specified complexity" and "irreducible complexity", but these arguments turn out to be disguised arguments from ignorance. In addition, ID advocates sometimes make an argument from analogy. A lot of their effort is also devoted to attacking specific aspects of evolutionary theory, rather than giving support to their own ID hypothesis.

That sucking sound you hear emanating from the middle of the country is the sound of hundreds of high tech businesses pulling out of the State of Kansas.


Nice job morons....

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