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RE: Flat earth next?



Ken Ferrante has been having trouble getting his response to this thread
posted without error messages, so he asked me to try:

>From: kferrant@njlink.pppl.gov (Ken Ferrante)
>Subject: RE: Flat earth next?
>To: ornstn@inforamp.net
>Date: Sun, 19 Nov 1995 13:11:38 -0500 (EST)
>Cc: kferrant@njlink.pppl.gov

>> //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
>> >>> From St. Louis Post Dispatch 11 November 1995 Montgomery, Ala (AP)
>> >>> The Alabama state school board voted 6-1 with one abstention
>> >>> Thursday to insert a message in new biology textbooks telling
>> >>> students that evolution is a theory not a fact.
>> //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
>>
>> >If you define "evolution" as
>> >genetically-based change in a population over time, it is not a theory but
>> >an observed fact (as Grant's work in the Galapagos, so beautifully written
>> >up in "The Beak of the Finch", shows).  It may be theory to say that this
>> >process can result in new species but even that is getting perilously
>> >close to observed fact.
>> >
>> > Ronald Orenstein
>> >
>
>> ---
>>
>> Not to worry!
>>
>> In spite of all the malarkey that gets passed down as "law & near law".
>> Today's intelligent and open minded students CAN and DO
>> distinguish between fact, (near fact), theory and opinion everyday.
>>
>> That's why... (in my opinion) this attempt
>> (by the Alabama state school board)
>> at "evolution bashing" will most certainly go the way of the
>> English peppered moth that was out of sync with the world around it!
>>
>> The peppered moth example... observed, studied and chock-full of
>> scientific facts (both testable & provable) provides us with a
>> crystal clear examination of natural selection at work via
>> gene-frequency changes in a (modern moth) species
>> of the genus Biston found in England. 
>
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