February 17, 2008

Examples of Why Science Education Needs to Explicitly Include Evolution

As usual, evolution-deniers provide the most ample evidence of why science education needs improvement and why this is especially the case in Florida.

This morning, I posted a list of editorials from various Florida newspapers supporting evolutionary biology in science education. I've gone back just a few hours later and present here some comments made by anti-science readers of those editorials. I don't think any commentary about them is necessary on my part; if you agree with what they're saying, you are yourself a victim of inadequate education.

the fact that bacteria and animals evolve/mutate over time is not in question. we all agree that they do. traits that are useful to an organisms survival will over time help perpetuate the dominance of that mutated organism. the HUGE leap of science to apply that same evolutionary theory to humans is bad science. If humans evolved from the same microbial place as say, starfish then where is the fossil record of a human with say 5 arms. there would be many in fact millions fossils of weird half human half starfish. or half man half snake. humans with wings. thats how evolution works it tries many different things. It has no mind of its own. there are so many holes in the theory that proponents of HUMAN evolution should be emabarrased.

letsmarch, Orlando Sentinel

Evolution is a theory and cannot be proven. The evidence you perpetuate is based on mere fragments of bones and teeth that have grown from fancy names (Australopithecus africanus) into an evolutionary chart of fully developed homo sapiens. You continue to display the progression of man from chimpanzee to homo eretus even though the figure in the middle was proved to be a hoax in 1953. The hoax, Piltdown Man, or Eoanthropus dawsoni, was the lower jawbone of an orangutan combined with the skull of a fully developed, modern man. The ?dawn-man? was the darling of textbooks for forty years after it was proven a forgery. The scientific community refused to concede the evidence for thirty years. It is not surprising that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, implicated in the hoax, is also mentioned with the Peking Man, called Sinanthropus pekinensis (currently Homo erectus pekinensis). Of course, the fragments of this ancestor, which mysteriously disappeared, continue to walk through the pages of textbooks today. The intellectual dishonesty of scientist that know these facts and remain silent speaks volumes. But teaching these lies for a century now has allowed the scientific world to stop seaching for the missing link (still missing), and declare that evolution is ?irrefutable and? essential to understanding science as a whole.? Indeed.

George Markos, Datona Beach News-Journal

You show me the skeletal remains where we came from the primordial soup and became humans and maybe then I will believe in the "theory" of evolution. Unitl such time I, like many other reasoning people will be skeptical. There is no proof we came from the soup, then to fish, then to apes, then to humans. none, Zip, zero, nadda! Kinda like Human caused Global Warming.

KW, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Thank you, letsmarch, George Markos and KW, for your elegant demonstration of why the Florida State Board of Education needs to pass the currently-proposed standards, unamended and undiluted.

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