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Polish MEP calls for ‘scholarly debate’ on evolution
Radio Polonia ^ | Oct 16, 2006

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."


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To: JoAnka
'That is a heritage of communism when evolutionary doctrines were taught in schools like a kind of religion.'

Typically incorrect statement. Stalin had those supporting evolution executed. Darwin was not allowed. Either the author is lying or ignorant of history.

41 posted on 10/18/2006 4:22:28 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Sopater; Coyoteman
Thanks Coyoteman, for that interpretation of the evidence.

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

ROFL!!

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...


42 posted on 10/18/2006 4:28:05 PM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: taxesareforever
[Which "Big Lie" would that be? Be specific. Your credibility and your honesty are riding on it. ]

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.

43 posted on 10/18/2006 4:33:23 PM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: taxesareforever
[Is "Let there be" the best you can manage in the face of real-world findings that exist when you say they don't? Yes, I suppose it is. Are you really that incapable of discussing the actual topic? Yes, I suppose you are.]

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.

44 posted on 10/18/2006 4:35:27 PM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: Ichneumon
Someday I hope to meet an anti-evolutionist who isn't a shameless liar.

Don't worry, you will. His name is God.

45 posted on 10/18/2006 4:36:57 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: JoAnka
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 ...
err...Wait!
What's that? Look over there!
No, Over there, don't you see it?"
46 posted on 10/18/2006 4:40:21 PM PDT by dread78645 (Evolution. A doomed theory since 1859.)
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To: taxesareforever
[Someday I hope to meet an anti-evolutionist who isn't a shameless liar.]

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.

47 posted on 10/18/2006 4:40:24 PM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; Ichneumon; Sopater; JoAnka
I was out for a few hours (that work thing), and in my absence Ichny has responded to the issues admirably.

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.

48 posted on 10/18/2006 5:27:36 PM PDT by Coyoteman (I love the sound of beta decay in the morning!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Have you actually read that Mehlert link in your supposed demolition of the "man-to-human evolution? (Is that really hard?)

He's telling creationists to change their story from "It's an ape! Just an ape!" to "It's a man! Just a man!"

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?"

49 posted on 10/18/2006 6:34:23 PM PDT by VadeRetro (A systematic investigation of nature does not negotiate with crackpots.)
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To: Ichneumon
You should really stop telling blatant falsehoods about God

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.

50 posted on 10/18/2006 8:20:41 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Coyoteman

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.


51 posted on 10/18/2006 8:41:34 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Ichneumon

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.


52 posted on 10/18/2006 8:44:22 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Ichneumon
Neither . . .

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.

53 posted on 10/18/2006 9:59:10 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: DaveLoneRanger
The World According to Dave....

Accepted scientific evidence, analysis, and theories in biology, physics, chemistry, geology, etc. = 'snow job'.

Genesis = Science textbook.

And Dave says 'I really like science'.
54 posted on 10/19/2006 5:27:58 AM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

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'.



55 posted on 10/19/2006 5:39:17 AM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: Ichneumon
Wow, what a transparent falsehood! See my previous post, kid.

Blowfish was referring to claims of a global flood, not evolution.
56 posted on 10/19/2006 5:58:30 AM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: Sopater
Thank you, Sopater, for your contribution to the ongoing Ape or Human scientific research survey. Could we please have your expert opinion on these other fossil species?

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
transitional
Human-like
transitional
Just a human Not related at all
to apes or humans
B [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
C [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
D [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
E [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
F [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
G [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
H [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
I [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
J [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
K [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]
L [_] [_] [_] [_] [_]

The Responses So Far:

Person A
Pan
troglodytes
(modern chimp)
B, C
Australopithecus
africanus
D
Homo
habilis
E
Homo
habilis
F
Homo
rudolfensis
G
Homo
erectus
H
Homo
ergaster
I
Homo
heidelbergensis
J, K
Homo
sapiens neanderthalensis
L, M
Homo
sapiens sapiens
(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
Published creationists...
Bowden, Malcolm ape   human   human   human     human
Brown, Walt ape ape ape ape       human human human
Gish, Duane (1979) ape   human   human   human     human
Gish, Duane (1985) ape   ape   human   human     human
Luskin, Casey ape ape ape ape ape human human human human human
Mehlert, A. W. ape   ape   human   human     human
Menton, David ape   human   human   human     human
Taylor, Paul ape   human   human   human     human
Amateur creationists...
DannyTN ape ape ape   ape human human human human human
editor-surveyor ape ape ape ape ape ape ape ape human human
Elsie ape ape ape ape ape ape ape ape human human
Michael_Michaelangelo ape ape ape ape ape ape ape ape human human
MississippiMan ape             ape   human
Sopater ape   human human           human
taxesareforever human human human human human human human human human human
vetsvette ape         human       human

57 posted on 10/19/2006 12:50:10 PM PDT by jennyp (There's ALWAYS time for jibber jabber!)
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To: jennyp; DaveLoneRanger
You can put DaveLoneRanger down for H. erectus being human. While trumpting that he was "debunking man-to-human evolution" he linked an AiG paper by Mehlert which asserts such.

Now we just have to watch and see if he ever posts one of the creationist opinions which contradicts Mehlert.

58 posted on 10/19/2006 1:56:55 PM PDT by VadeRetro (A systematic investigation of nature does not negotiate with crackpots.)
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To: VadeRetro
Darn, I can't use it 'cuz (from my quick reading) Mehlert was referring to the WT-15000 ("Turkana Boy") fossil, & the survey is referring to the D2700 fossil. But Mehlert does seem to be saying that all Homo erectuses are just short examples of Homo sapiens. So whaddya think? Is it fair to mark him (& DLR by reference) for number G being "just an old human"?
59 posted on 10/19/2006 3:34:03 PM PDT by jennyp (There's ALWAYS time for jibber jabber!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Dave, I don't have you down for any definitive statements on these fossils. Since you are making the case that there are no transitional ape-human fossils, care to join in & say specifically which ones are just an ape vs. just a human?
60 posted on 10/19/2006 3:36:14 PM PDT by jennyp (There's ALWAYS time for jibber jabber!)
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