August 10, 2012
The world is flat; astronauts did not go to the moon; and the Earth is 10,000 years old.
A recent poll reported that very few people in the US accept the theory of evolution as a valid explanation for the creation of life on Earth. According to the National Center for Science Education, in a 24-country poll, 41% of the respondents identified themselves as “evolutionists” and 28% as “creationists”, and 31% indicating they don’t know what to believe.… Read more
April 23, 2012
Over the past four years, two states have passed laws that protect teachers if they present scientific information pertaining to the full range of scientific views regarding biological and chemical evolution in applicable curricula or in a course of learning. Protecting teachers? Have these legislators heard of VAM? No protection of teachers here.
What is really going on?
Behind these two laws is the Discovery Institute, a non-science propagada organization whose chief purpose is to attack Darwinian evolution, and wedge intelligent design into the science curriculum.… Read more
June 18, 2011
One of the candidates who recently announced her candidacy for President said in a speech that “intelligent design” should be taught in science because all sides of an issue in science should be taught.
Now that the race is on to see who will challenge our President for his job, one of the areas that distinguishes one side from the other is the nature of science.… Read more
August 21, 2009
Earlier this week, I had a pingback from Michael Barton’s very interesting website entitled The Dispersal of Darwin. On his site I read about Michael’s recent trip to Cambridge, England, and on one of his posts from England he mentioned a new film that is coming out in September about Charles Darwin.
The new film is entitled Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin. The movie is based upon Randal Keyne’s (great-great grandson of Darwin) book, Annie’s Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution. The book, and the film focus on Darwin the person, and his relationships with wife (Emma), and their ten children, and the intertwining of his ideas on the origin of the species. In particular the film shows Darwin “as not only a world-renowned scientists, but a dedicated family man struggling to accept his daughter’s death. Darwin is torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place. He finds himself caught in a battle between faith and reason, love and truth.”
The film will be first shown at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10th, and the film will be released on September 25 in the UK. I am not sure when it will be released in the USA or other parts of the world. If you do know, please leave a note in the comments.… Read more
April 10, 2009
I’ve returned to Georgia, and I wanted to look back over the most recent posts that focused on the actions of the Texas Board of Education on the teaching of theory (of evolution, expansion of the Universe, and all others) in science class. A good review of the events in Texas are contained in an article that appeared in Newsweek Magazine entitled The Texas-Size Debate over Teaching Evolution by Christopher Hitchens.… Read more
March 26, 2009
The Texas Board of Education approved the science standards BUT teachers will be required to have students “scrutinize” all sides of the theories. Read more here for more details.
We are in the Round Top Texas area for two weeks participating in a very large collection of antiques shows held twice a year in the Spring and Fall. It is the largest gathering of antiques dealers in the USA.… Read more
February 27, 2009
Legislators in several states believe that laws need to be passed to ensure that students are engaged in critical thinking activities. However, the legislators have limited their own thinking, and have selected specific scientific theories that should be examined critically, one of course, is evolution. Around the country, this trend is on the move. Here are few examples:
- June 17, 2008: The Louisiana Science Education Act is signed by Governor Jindal.
… Read more