Yesterday I was blown away by a story of a CANADIAN school board near Edmonton that has out-sourced it’s public education onto the Catholic Church. Parents have no option but to enroll their kids in the schools! What the hell? Apparently about 30% of the population there(population of 8000) is Catholic. The views of the 70% of the population that don’t define themselves as Catholics doesn’t seem to matter. Continue reading “The Importance of Learning about the History of the Universe”
Our Canadian federal Minister of State for Science and Technology is an idiot.
Recently when asked to clarify if he believes in evolution, he refused to answer the question because he is a christian. To say this is troubling is an understatement! The federal Minister in charge of funding for sciences thinks that evolution is a religious belief instead of the basis for life on the planet and modern-day medicine. Good thing they didn’t ask him if he thought the sun revolved around the earth like it says in the bible. Or, if he thinks snakes can talk like it says in Genesis. Good thing he doesn’t believe in fairy tales, eh? Oh, wait a minute. He does…
What kind of leadership can our country have when the Prime Minister of Canada appoints a right-wing evangelist to head the advancement of scientific knowledge in this country? I really hope we get a less right-wing, religious group in power in this country and have the pendulum swing back to reality…
- Science minister won’t confirm belief in evolution – ANNE MCILROY – The Globe and Mail (richarddawkins.net)
- Evolution Made Us All (sandwalk.blogspot.com)
- Evolution Still Undertaughtt (volokh.com)
- Does the prime minister of Canada have to answer to any one (wiki.answers.com)
I have come out the other side of being really sick yesterday. It felt like forever! It always does. Usually when I’m ill my mind goes to evolution for some reason. Why?
I took a biology course in university and part of the ciriculum was about evolutionary behaviours. A section of the course discussed when animals get sick. They tend to leave and go off by themselves. We humans seem to do that too! Continue reading “When I’m sick, I think about Evolution…”
Oh Texas, you have given the world many things, George Bush, tasty steak, lots of rednecks, and now, potentially useless science standards. That is if the bill being proposed by Rep. Wayne Christian is passed. The bill simply allows students to get credit for a science course even if they don’t believe in the theory. Even worse, there would be no ramifications for teachers that don’t teach certain topics if they don’t believe in it. Essentially, this Christian backed bill, is trying to bring Creationism into the science classroom AGAIN, but by a different tactic. I have no problem with students not believing something they are taught. We all have to think for ourselves. The problem is that teachers would be able to substitute real science with fake crap taught at Sunday school. The student needs to understand science, and needs to answer the questions on tests correctly to get credit. I may not believe in something, but if I am being tested on it, I need to know the answer. Period.
If there is one thing we can learn from this, the religious right is still hard at work trying anything they can to teach religion in the classroom. Here is a snippet of the article posted over at richarddawkins.net. Click the link and have a good read!
Christian said he filed the bill to allow teachers to continue to teach the strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution.
“If students have every opportunity to learn about every idea, it empowers students to have a better ability to debate,” he said. “If they are exposed to and know the other side of things, they will be able to come back and debate that side.”
But Schafersman said scientists and science educators pushed for the weakness language to be removed because it is not based on science. He said the proposed legislation would allow educators to teach creationism, a biblical explanation of the origin of humans, if they wanted.
“That is against the law,” he said. “Every court case has said creationism is religion, and you can’t bring religion into schools.”
Schafersman said that for Texas to compete nationally and globally, the education standards must be based on “good science and not get bogged down with these religious interventions into our secular schools.” He also said that Christian doesn’t understand that all science is theoretical.
Well, it looks like a theme has started in the last few days. It’s another pick on the Creationists video, passed on from my friend Kiyoshi. He seems to be my data mining assistant…He spends hours using Stumbleupon, eyes strained, going blind, and unable to tear himself away from that damn button…Thank you…
Here is a nice vid laying out how to be a good creationist. From what I’ve read, and seen, it looks like the US is the global leader in demonstrating these traits! Keep up the good work. Not.
A picture to sum it all up…
The other night my wife and I watched a great show on Nova about the Intelligent Design movement and their attempt to be added to the science classroom in the States. Oh how they failed!
cdesign proponentsists is a brilliant transitional fossil between the creationists and their re-branded intelligent design that was un-earthed during the trial. I almost cried, it was so beautiful.
Maybe I waste too much time dwelling on the creationist movement, but I do get a chuckle from their lame understanding of the scientific method and what a theory is. I am sure you have heard the term,”evolution is JUST a theory”. Yup, me too…
If you missed the program, here is a link to the NOVA page so you can watch all 12 chapters.