Skip to comments.Polish MEP calls for ‘scholarly debate’ on evolution
Posted on 10/18/2006 12:14:50 PM PDT by JoAnka
Polish MEP calls for scholarly debate on evolution
Polish European Parliament deputy and biology professor, Maciej Giertych, is calling for an end to the monopoly of Darwinian theory in the teaching of evolution in schools.
'I am a scientist, I am a geneticist, my specialty is population genetics and I reject the theory of evolution on the basis of the field of science I represent. I find that in many fields of science there are scientists who reject the theory of evolution because in their fields they also find evidence against the theory. says MEP Maciej Giertych.
For the past decades, biology classes in Poland and around the world have focused practically exclusively on Darwinian theory when tackling the subject of evolution. Prof. Giertych and his colleagues see room for reform in this respect.
'Schools are teaching evolution as a fact and there seems to be very little reference to new research that would either support or negate the theory of evolution. There is so much new evidence that is being simply ignored by the school textbooks.
But when last week in the European Parliament Giertych and a group of non-Darwinian scientists organized a conference, a whiff of controversy was in the air. Some commentators were quick to label Giertych a religious bigot, ridicule his views and boldly question his competence. Prof. Kielan-Jaworowska:
'There are people who still believe that not the earth is going round the sun but the sun round the earth. His views have nothing to do with science; I would not call him a scientist. We are deeply ashamed that he got the title of a professor and that he is a biologist.'
But not everyone feels that ideology on the verge of religious bigotry is on Giertych's side of the debate. Dr Otto Neuman of the Polish Creationist Society:
'That is a heritage of communism when evolutionary doctrines were taught in schools like a kind of religion.'
Meanwhile Giertych and his non-Darwinian colleagues say they want to stay away from the emotional dispute and focus on an honest scholarly debate in the spirit of academic freedom. A debate, which, they feel, should lead to biology classes being more diverse and open to newest findings.
'The proponents of the theory of evolution are not prepared to sit down and look at the evidence and present their own evidence for the theory of evolution. Debates on the subject immediately develop into philosophical conflict, a lot of emotions are involved and a tendency to label the other side as ignorant, as motivated ideologically - whereas what is needed is a serious scientific debate and confrontation of results.'
Whether a debate is possible, remains to be seen. First, scholars on both sides must recognize each other as partners. And that is still to be achieved. Prof. Kielan-Jaworowska again:
'I don't think scientific discussion with him is possible.'
In response to such attitudes the non-Darwinian side of the conflict is calling for less prejudice and more access to public debate. Prof. Giertych again:
'Since the opponents of the theory of evolution are finding evidence against it, we are struggling to get this into the public domain. We want the media and the textbooks to recognize the fact that there exists empirical evidence against the theory of evolution.'
The liberal archbishop Życiński of Lublin, has criticized Prof. Giertych's call for scholarly debate. However the official Catholic Church position on the subject was reiterated by the late Polish Pope, John Paul II, who in a 1996 statement to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences said, "fresh knowledge leads to recognition of more than one hypothesis in the theory of evolution."
Typically incorrect statement. Stalin had those supporting evolution executed. Darwin was not allowed. Either the author is lying or ignorant of history.
Ah, yes, the old "that's just your interpretation, I can interepret anything and everything any way I want, so I will" standby excuse of the anti-evolutionists comes to the forefront. As usual.
No, son, that's not just "his interpretation", that's what a comprehensive overview of the evidence indicates, and you can't hand-wave it away that easily. Not if you want to retain any intellectual honesty, that is.
Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan "interpret" the Iraq war differently, but that doesn't make them right, and that doesn't make their "interpretation" any more defensible. Reality is what it is, and the honest person faces what it has to teach us.
Unfortunately, homology is not evidence of a transitional form,
It's evidence that they were a different species from ourselves, and that they are diagnostic of a transtional form. Take it up with the professionals if you think you can hand-wave away the totality of their evidence. This should be amusing.
By the way, do you know what Coyoteman does for a living?
nor is variance that is well within contemporary boundaries
evidence for Mr. H. Ergaster being anything but human.
You'd have a point if your claim were correct, but since it's not...
And Coyoteman had you pegged in advance when he wrote, "Creationists often either hand-wave that evidence away, no matter what it is..."
And contrary to your misleading and racist picture, here's what Ergaster's skull actually looked like:
I don't know anyone with a face like that, do you? Is that "well within contemporary boundaries" where you live? The tiny sloped forehead, the protruding muzzle, the prominent brow ridge, the small cranium? Okay, maybe it *is*, but...
Evolution. That specific enough?
Yes it is. Specific enough to demonstrate that you tell grossly overinflated and transparent falsehoods, since even most of the wildest-eyed anti-evolutionists admit the validity of evolutionary change -- the existence of evolution -- even if they deny common descent and speciation. Thanks.
So much for your credibility and your honesty.
Someday I hope to meet an anti-evolutionist who isn't a shameless liar.
I certainly hope it makes you feel good holding a conversation with yourself. Can't go wrong there. Eh?
Feel free to prove me wrong on my conclusions about you. I would welcome it, as it would be a very refreshing change in the quality of your posts on this topic.
Don't worry, you will. His name is God.
I find that in many fields of science there are scientists who reject the theory of evolution because in their fields they also find evidence against the theory." ... and we will publish this evidence ...
Don't worry, you will. His name is God.
You should really stop telling blatant falsehoods about God, I don't think He'll appreciate that. He's not an "anti-evolutionist", He uses evolution to generage new species and to adapt them to changing conditions.
I'll pray for you.
I want to touch on only one point:
Dave writes: When I have reiterated over and over again that the evidence is the same, the interpretation is different.
Sorry, that doesn't cut the mustard. That is simply a hand-wave, and there is no validity at all to that argument (or lack of argument). Your offer to repost a bunch of anti-science apologetics from AnswersinGenesis is likewise of no use in a scientific argument. When will you realize that apologetics is not science, and that it has no evidentiary standing in a scientific debate?
Son, it doesn't matter one hoot what your interpretation is. What matters is the interpretations of those who know what they are talking about. Those who know the evidence.
I might have a lot of opinions on higher math and physics, but what are they worth? Nothing! And I am smart enough to realize it.
Unfortunately, you seem think that your religious belief constitutes scientific evidence, or that your non-scientific opinions on the theory of evolution mean something. That happens not to be the case.
You have carved out a comfy niche here with a creation ping list made up of folks who regularly bash the sciences in general and evolution in particular. But until you all actually learn something about those sciences, and about evolution, your opinions are just that--opinions. They are not "alternate interpretations," they are opinions. And in a scientific context they are not worth the pixels they are written to our screens with.
I assume you meant to cite it as evidence that erectus is indeed "A man! Just a man!" But are you sure you've never linked anything that claimed it's "An ape! Just an ape?"
What does it mean when creation science has trouble telling "Just a man!" from "Just an ape?"
Either you believe the Bible and God or you believe Darwin. Your so-called proof for evolution is from science of humans and not the Bible. The proof I use is from God, which is His Word. Now, give me a clue from the Bible that God said he created the Big Bang, for that is where the origin of species originates whether you acknowledge it or not.
Hmm. You seem to be growing worse. Perhaps you need a break to recover your faculties?
Most of your ideological disagreements with me have been dealt with in past posts, so I really see no need to reiterate them.
Not one of the points you raise has gone unanswered. Now I really must seriously suggest you stop wasting FR bandwidth by posting the same snow job over and over and over again. Freepers don't donate for your copy-paste fix.
Well, pardon me while I roll my eyes, too. The likelihood of a global deulge is far greater when the planet is covered by 3/4ths water as opposed to 3/4ths land. Even a child 3 or 4 year old child would understand as much. But you've taken up your own brand of cherry-picking called "denial of a basic fact." That's okay. I'm used to it.
. . .isn't interested in following the evidence . . .
Actually I'm waiting for more of the same evidence. Water has been found in places we did not expect it. Do you think a magical dose of hyper-verbiage will make it go away? Keep huffing and puffing. So far the evidence is credible for a global deluge.
Come back when you learn how to actually test a hypothesis in a rigorous way.
Hehe. Go away until you can demonstrate in history a definite connection between man and ape. Until then you're just blowing conjectural smoke and gumming up education for the rest of us.
The World According to Dave, Part 2....
Accepted scientific evidence, analysis, and theories in biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, genetics, geology, etc. = Ideology.
And Dave says 'I really like science'.
Which of the following are "just an old ape" and which are "just an old human"? Try it, it's fun!
Fossil hominid skulls. Some of the figures have been modified for ease of comparison
(only left-right mirroring or removal of a jawbone). [CLICK HERE] for larger photo.
(Images © 2000 Smithsonian Institution.)
We know that A) is a modern chimpanzee and N) is a modern human. Everyone agrees that M) was a modern human as well. Your challenge is to fill in these blanks:
|Fossil||Just an ape||Ape-like
|Just a human||Not related at all
to apes or humans
The Responses So Far:
(Cro-Magnon, modern human)
|Mainstream scientists||ape||ape-like trans||ape-like, human-like trans||ape-like, human-like trans||ape-like, human-like trans||human-like trans||human-like trans||human-like trans||human-like trans, human||human|
|Gish, Duane (1979)||ape||human||human||human||human|
|Gish, Duane (1985)||ape||ape||human||human||human|
|Mehlert, A. W.||ape||ape||human||human||human|
Now we just have to watch and see if he ever posts one of the creationist opinions which contradicts Mehlert.