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Evolution's bottom line
National Center for Science Education ^ | 12 May 2006 | Staff

Posted on 05/12/2006 12:13:47 PM PDT by PatrickHenry

In his op-ed "Evolution's bottom line," published in The New York Times (May 12, 2006), Holden Thorp emphasizes the practical applications of evolution, writing, "creationism has no commercial application. Evolution does," and citing several specific examples.

In places where evolution education is undermined, he argues, it isn't only students who will be the poorer for it: "Will Mom or Dad Scientist want to live somewhere where their children are less likely to learn evolution?" He concludes, "Where science gets done is where wealth gets created, so places that decide to put stickers on their textbooks or change the definition of science have decided, perhaps unknowingly, not to go to the innovation party of the future. Maybe that's fine for the grownups who'd rather stay home, but it seems like a raw deal for the 14-year-old girl in Topeka who might have gone on to find a cure for resistant infections if only she had been taught evolution in high school."

Thorp is chairman of the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina.


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To: freedumb2003

LOL - can I do it just till I need glasses?


21 posted on 05/12/2006 12:29:53 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: microgood
>He made them cut up frogs and grasshoppers and prick their fingers to get blood out of them


"It's okay to say
the kids pricked their fingers, but
we cannot say they --"

22 posted on 05/12/2006 12:30:24 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: mlc9852
What they conveniently fail to mention is that Eugenie Scott is a self-professed atheist.

So he evidently eats small children and tortures animals? What has his being an atheist to do with the validity of the website he directs?

Oh, I get it. Ad hominem. If you can't counter the ideas, insinuate the ideas' holder is a bad man. Typical liberal strategy, but it should work with the relatively ignorant masses.

23 posted on 05/12/2006 12:30:26 PM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: mlc9852
What they conveniently fail to mention is that Eugenie Scott is a self-professed atheist.

Ahhhh, the core of evolution.

24 posted on 05/12/2006 12:36:21 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Junior

Well, just so long everyone knows that Dr. Scott is the director and an atheist. It is always good to understand who you are dealing with and what their agenda might be. In this case, Dr. Scott's agenda is crystal clear.


25 posted on 05/12/2006 12:37:17 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: js1138
Applications for religious fundamentalism: flying airplanes into buildings. Perhaps we should compare the number of evolution opponents who have flown airplanes into buildings with the number of biology teachers that have done so.

So, you can proudly claim NAZIism, which is a result of evolutionary doctrine.

26 posted on 05/12/2006 12:38:39 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: mlc9852

So, the folks who are Christians at AIG and DI don't have agendas? Only atheists have agendas, huh?


27 posted on 05/12/2006 12:39:18 PM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: js1138

Why just biology teachers? Why not all teachers who have molested students? If you can lump all "fundamentalists" together, certainly we can lump all teachers together. They are all the same, right?

I would expect a better argument from you, though it is late on a Friday so I'll give you a pass.


28 posted on 05/12/2006 12:39:46 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: PatrickHenry
[ Thorp emphasizes the practical applications of evolution, writing, "creationism has no commercial application. Evolution does," and citing several specific examples. ]

So then; most/many churches are NOT businesses?..
How many empolyees do American churches have?..
How big are their payrolls?..

No commercial application is silly.. or disinformation..
How much property(of all kinds) do American churchs control(own)?..

Thorp is delusional.. I've mentioned a small portion of America church economic impact.. Whether Evos worship the protein manipulator God is another issue.. completely..

29 posted on 05/12/2006 12:39:48 PM PDT by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Junior

Christians don't attempt to hide who they are.


30 posted on 05/12/2006 12:40:11 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: PatrickHenry

"Will Mom or Dad Scientist want to live somewhere where their children are less likely to learn evolution?"

WTH, can't mom and dad scientists do their own teaching. End public education and STFU.


31 posted on 05/12/2006 12:40:38 PM PDT by bahblahbah
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To: theFIRMbss

LOL...


32 posted on 05/12/2006 12:41:31 PM PDT by microgood
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To: aimhigh

Wait, I wanna be the first!!!

HITLER WAS A CHRISTIAN!!!


33 posted on 05/12/2006 12:41:38 PM PDT by 2nsdammit (By definition it's hard to get suicide bombers with experience.)
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To: metmom

Ping - just in case you're bored this afternoon. LOL


34 posted on 05/12/2006 12:41:52 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: hosepipe
Well, biology (and evolution) actually put products on the market. Churches basically bilk the gullible out of money in return for assurances that after the payee dies he'll be all right.

To put it succinctly, evolution sells commercial applications; religion sells hope.

35 posted on 05/12/2006 12:42:34 PM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: PatrickHenry

Why should individuals try to intelligently design cures for such diseases?

Wouldn't it be better to let such cures evolve through random selection?

I am intrigued as to the motives scientists might have for interfering with such natural processes.

:)


36 posted on 05/12/2006 12:42:52 PM PDT by lonestar67
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To: hosepipe

Waitaminit....

I thought Creationism was science? Now you're telling me that it's actually religion?


37 posted on 05/12/2006 12:43:58 PM PDT by 2nsdammit (By definition it's hard to get suicide bombers with experience.)
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To: aimhigh; mlc9852

mlc9852: What they conveniently fail to mention is that Eugenie Scott is a self-professed atheist.

aimhigh: Ahhhh, the core of evolution.

It is interesting that the doctrine of evolution is a critical tenet of the religion of atheism.


38 posted on 05/12/2006 12:44:02 PM PDT by visually_augmented (I was blind, but now I see)
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To: mlc9852

Maybe he doesn't wear his atheism on his sleeve the way some Christians wear their religion. So what? I don't go around announcing I have no wisdom teeth. It doesn't mean I'm trying to hide that fact.


39 posted on 05/12/2006 12:44:02 PM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: lonestar67

Gee, I don't know, saving lives, maybe?


40 posted on 05/12/2006 12:45:11 PM PDT by 2nsdammit (By definition it's hard to get suicide bombers with experience.)
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