Saturday, June 11, 2005


Evolution Rocks!

On the one hand, it's a pity it had to come to this. On the other hand, this is how the evolution controversy should be settled: on the evidence.
National Academies fights evolution controversy
Sat Jun 11, 2005
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Academies, the flagship of U.S. science, said on Friday it had set up a Web site to battle attempts to portray evolution as mere speculation about how life developed on Earth.

The Web site,, carries links to various reports on evolution, which some U.S. religious groups want to be taught in schools only if their own views of a divine creator get equal credence.

"The theory of evolution is one of science's most robust theories, and the National Academies have long supported the position that evolution be taught as a central element in any science education program," the Academies said in a statement.
The difference between science and religion is quite simple: if someone presenting evidence disproving the accepted view is driven out as a heretic, it's a religion. If, after the evidence is carefully tested and confirmed, the prevailing view changes, it's a science.

If the "Intelligent Design" folks ever come up with some real evidence to support their unproven hypothesis, they'll probably win Nobel prizes. In the meantime, it is not proper to teach poorly-disguised religious dogma as science.

(Besides, our free enterprise system is based on social darwinism. The fundamentalist version of God operates more like an old-style Soviet commissar, all central planning.)


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