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Why not just ban discussions of “evolution” in textbooks?

Reading this story just in from Texas:

“We don’t want to send our children into the information and technology age with a science education from the dark ages,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a progressive watchdog group.

Nearby, Mark Cadwallader, a 56-year-old chemical engineer from The Woodlands who testified against the proposed books, shook his head, saying: “The old evidence that used to be held up as proof of evolution, the ape man for instance, has been debunked.”

my immediate reaction was, why not just ban discussion of “evolution” in textbooks?

Imagine. What if all theories about changes in life forms over time advanced in textbooks had to go by content-based names like genetic drift, horizontal gene transfer, symbiosis, and natural selection? The explanations would have to make way more sense, thus be open to evidence-based objections in given cases. Presumably, that is what nobody wants.

Because the fact is, one can demonstrate some forms of evolution, but not typically via Darwinian natural selection. So neither the people who doubt that any evolution ever happens nor Darwin’s followers will be satisfied.

Texas Freedom Network? A trip through the files turns up this encomium to rationality, provided by the group. Hope those picket signs don’t self-combust in a public place.

The ape man? If Cadwallader means Neanderthal man, we all better read the latest gen. Or does he mean someone else? Who? Or what?

See what I mean about specifics? Specific objections require specific responses. But then, it’s quite likely that Darwin’s followers are not interested in anything like that just now, as real findings about evolution are moving on without them and their picket signs.

– O’Leary for News

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5 Responses to Why not just ban discussions of “evolution” in textbooks?

  1. OT: Dr. Meyer discusses Darwin’s Doubt on the Dennis Miller Show: – radio interview
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....VgA7bpkAHg

  2. “The long-held view that Neanderthals were inferior to Homo sapiens is changing as, one by one, capabilities thought unique to us have been linked to them,” reported New Scientist in 2011. Recent discoveries indicate that Neanderthals built shelters and hearths, controlled fire, wore clothes, cooked food, made tools, and created glue to attach spear points to their shafts. There is also evidence that they cared for sick individuals, wore symbolic ornaments, and buried their dead. According to Erik Trinkaus, professor of physical anthropology at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., “Neanderthals were people, and they probably had the same range of mental abilities we do.”

    Also, in 2009, Milford H. Wolpoff wrote in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology that “Neandertals may have been a true human race.” [American Journal of Physical Anthropology, “How Neandertals Inform Human Variation,” by Milford H. Wolpoff, 2009, p. 91.]

    If they’re indistinguishable from modern humans (Homo sapiens) then they’re not a missing link.

  3. What is “a progressive watchdog group?” What are they watching for?

  4. Progress, one assumes.

  5. Texas in this sense, is living in the past…very sad. Even the article is reflective of ignorance and at times defies logic. Since when has strict Darwinism been a tenet of modern evolutionary thought? If this is a belief, you need to get up to speed. There is far too much in the literature over many decades to show speciation, natural selection, artificial selection that appears EVERY DAY that would immediately make all of these sentiments that are “anti-evolution” ridiculous. I hope people realize that…..apparently there are some ignorant fundamentalists still in Texas.

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