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Re: Field Museum redux (stop already!)
Sorry for the empty reply. Wisth there were a C)ancel option (when are
we going to get on Usenet!?)...
Rich Travsky said:
> On Fri, 1 Sep 1995, Ellin Beltz wrote:
> > [...]
> > As far as the teaching of "creation science" or mentioning it in the
> > classroom before or after evolution... My personal opinion (and I expect
> > to be flamed for it) is that --everything-- relating to evolution should
> > be taught. The arguments for and the arguments against (no matter how
> > absurd) deserve a place in the dialog. Censorship of ideas (no matter
> > how absurd they are) is --wrong--.
> > Let the students hear all sides. If the bio teacher is a good one, the
> > arguments in favor vs. the arguments against should resolve themselves in
> > the students' minds leaving them more capable of rational thought,
> > logical discussion, and an interest in learning.
> > Controversy is an excellent teacher's aide. It makes the subject matter
> > far more interesting than "here it is, this is fact, now - regurgitate!"
> No no no no no no no. No. Creationism is pseudo science, pure and simple.
> Not to be taught as an alternate point of view. This is not a
> philosophy discourse, where many points of view can co-exist. Science
> is taught on a foundation of facts derived by research and experimentation.
> I've yet to see a creationist experiment.
To put it more clearly: would Ellin allow "flat Earth" theories in
geoglogy classes, astrology in astronomy classes, phlogiston in
chemistry classes - as viable options? Creationism is scientifically
just as dead.
Now, p l e a s e take this stuff to the Usenet newsgroup talk.origins.
Leave the dinosaur group alone!
> +----------+ Rich Travsky RTRAVSKY @ UWYO . EDU
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