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To: Coyoteman
I'm arguing for exactly what I said -- no more, no less.

I should have known better than to post to an evolution vs. ID thread -- it's the proverbial tar baby.

I happen to be a strong proponent of the Theory of Evolution -- I'm also a former educator. I think it's just plain stupid for proponents of the ToE to insist on pretending that there are no counter-hypothesis. If you do this, you're being counter-productive -- you're hurting the cause.

If students feel that they're being indoctrinated -- they'll simply rebel, and be all the more receptive to ID, or other explanations. Students will believe they're being indoctrinated when they learn that they were not allowed to be exposed to any alternative explanations.

Teach the scientific method. Show how it applies to the Theory of Evolution.
27 posted on 07/13/2007 8:17:38 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
I happen to be a strong proponent of the Theory of Evolution -- I'm also a former educator. I think it's just plain stupid for proponents of the ToE to insist on pretending that there are no counter-hypothesis. If you do this, you're being counter-productive -- you're hurting the cause.

If students feel that they're being indoctrinated -- they'll simply rebel, and be all the more receptive to ID, or other explanations. Students will believe they're being indoctrinated when they learn that they were not allowed to be exposed to any alternative explanations.

Teach the scientific method. Show how it applies to the Theory of Evolution.

I still agree with you!

But to introduce religious-based objections to the theory of evolution, as if they were science-based objections, means addressing those objections using the scientific method.

That means they are toast! Is this what you are advocating?

As an example, what do you propose teaching about the young earth belief? Would you treat it as a serious scientific hypothesis?

If you show what the evidence is on both sides I have no objection--because there is no scientific evidence suggesting a young earth.

But if you feel obliged, for political reasons, to present religious belief as if it were scientific evidence, on an equal footing to a couple of centuries of scientific research, then I have an objection.

I'm serious about this question, and would really appreciate continued dialog.

29 posted on 07/13/2007 8:37:40 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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