It’s Just A Theory

In about two weeks we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous  naturalists the world has produced – Charles Darwin. As anyone with a little education knows, he is famous for articulating what we now call the Theory of Evolution. And while he doesn’t have exclusive rights to the distinction (Alfred Russel Wallace stumbled upon it at about the same time) he is the one who put flesh on the skeleton of the theory.

The theory has proven to be quite controversial, from the moment Darwin published his book, On the Origin of Species. To this day, it evokes incredulity, vituperation, and pure ignorance from people of a religious bent who find that it conflicts with their precious scriptures. Whole movements have arisen dedicated to obliterating the theory from public discourse. Creationism is just such a movement, and is still alive and well despite being repeatedly discredited by one court decision after another, most recently in the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision in Pennsylvania.

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Here We Go Again

The National Center for Science Education reports that there is a definite move afoot to introduce bills in various state legislatures with the intention of requiring the teaching of “alternative theories” to evolution. The Louisiana Science Education Act is the first in a a number of bills, embellished by The Discovery Institute, that paragon of intellectual and scientific credibility, to be introduced.

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Another Wacky School Board

Remember Dover? Now think School Administrative District 59. The name doesn’t roll off the tongue like Dover does, but the acronym isn’t so bad. SAD 59. This story makes me sad.

The Director of this particular School District in Maine thinks that evolution should be deleted from the biology curriculum, because it hasn’t been proven.

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Keeping Up With Science

I love science. I have no science background, but I’ve always been fascinated with it. I regularly love to peruse some of the Science Blogs, and I have a few of them down there in my blogroll. Here’s a few posts and other tidbits that I recently found interesting. Perhaps you will too.

1. Trees used for toxic waste clean-up. Continue reading