They’re onto us!

i-4d180d20cff8ce22f4e8a0b88b8145bf-dbagartistconcept.jpgMichael at “The Bible is the Other Side” is upset. He’s been reading about the suppression of research on evolution acceptance among the American public, and doesn’t like what he sees. In particular, he doesn’t like yours truly, and the way people like me talk about science literacy:

There is a myth propagated by radical left leaning evolutionists that you can have a PHD and have papers published in mainstream science journals and have discoveries that save lives but if you doubt evolution then your an illiterate in science.

Oh my stars and LOLcats! This is so adorable that if I had a photograph of Michael, I’d stamp “literacy FAIL” all over it! “Your an illiterate” indeed!

Does the likes of Joshua Rosenau want to require students a recitation that pledges of allegiance to evolution? Do you want left leaning socialists forcing science curricula on students that say in order to understand science, you must believe that ?nothing? banged and became everything by an unguided process?

Am the likes of Michael cretin creating a straw man? Do the likes of the sky color blue? Does anyone have video of “nothing” getting banged? Because that’d be pretty hot.

To return to the point, such as it is, no, I don’t want “a recitation that pledges of allegiance to evolution,” nor do I think science education should be politicized by socialists (whichever direction they lean), or by right-wing theocrats. Science education should cover the best available science, which means covering evolution and the Big Bang. On account if its not being a science, creationism doesn’t belong in science class.

Michael expresses confusion that I was quoted referring to “the controversy,” as if acknowledging a (social) controversy over creationism and evolution suggested that one must “teach[] this controversy in the public schools.” Lest I be accused of taking his words out of context, the question he actually asks is:

Isn?t this the same Joshua Rosenau from the NCSE who believes there is no controversy about evolution rather it?s controversy is one concocted by creationists and the Discovery Institute?

Assuming I untangled that sentence’s grammatical failings correctly, it is. That this social controversy has been ginned up by religious extremists doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, and doesn’t impact science education. I wish it didn’t, and I don’t want this social/political/religious controversy to be taught in science classes.

artist’s conception of Michael via.

Comments

  1. #1 TB
    April 13, 2010

    Unbelieveable. He must have been reading the comments in your other blog post and assumed someone else’s ideas somehow represented your opinions? He should ignore blog comments in the future (mine included!) since he doesn’t seem to have Internet literacy.

  2. #2 Emily
    April 13, 2010

    Am the likes of Michael cretin creating a straw man? Do the likes of the sky color blue? Does anyone have video of “nothing” getting banged? Because that’d be pretty hot.

    I haven’t giggled this much at anything in quite a while. Thanks!

  3. #3 abb3w
    April 14, 2010

    Similarly, if you pose a variant on the Monty Hall problem to a lot of people on the street, the majority (doi:10.1037/0096-3445.132.1.3) will give the wrong answer. This doesn’t mean there is a mathematical controversy about the probabilities, nor that there is a scientific controversy about what strategy works better.

    It means, most humans are inept at thinking; and most contemporary human societies are inept at teaching people how to think.

  4. #4 Smith
    June 16, 2010

    . People I think it is possible
    . An artificial brain to be made and rest is simple

    . It is assumed that the brain is very complex, but according to me it is not such a difficult device to be made, the heart is just a pump.
    What does the brain do, what comes to my mind is:

    1) By its senses perceives the environment and reacts according to its knowledge
    2) Regulates functions of the human body organs3)Process the information it has
    3) Processes the information it has
    4) Collects information by its senses
    5) Remembers
    The available technologies, I think, already are capable of achieving this.
    I am not a programmer, an electric engineer or a medic, or any other profession, just like other people
    Collect and associate things
    It will not be a robot, just healthy and immortal 
    I hope I have not wrote many fantastic things

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