Archive for the ‘evolution’ Category
Posted by Mr DoctorE on February 6, 2014
There is a role for discussing creationism in religious studies at schools, but it has “no place in science education”, according to the academic and television presenter Prof Alice Roberts.
In her personal film, she said there should be more debate on the issue’s role in schools, as she fears “creationism has the potential to ruin a scientific education”.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 27, 2014
“The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school board in Louisiana, alleging officials at one of its schools harassed a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith and that the district routinely pushes Christian beliefs.
The lawsuit was filed against the Sabine Parish School Board Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of Scott and Sharon Lane and their three children. According to the complaint from the ACLU and its Louisiana chapter, the Lanes enrolled their son — a lifelong Buddhist of Thai descent — in Negreet High School and he quickly became the target of harassment by the school’s staff.
“Public schools should be welcoming places for students of all backgrounds,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana. “No child should be harassed and made to feel like an outsider in his own classroom, and students should not have to endure school officials constantly imposing their religious beliefs on them while they are trying to learn.”
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 16, 2013
On September 24th, Richard Dawkins’ new book, “An Appetite For Wonder: the Making of a Scientist” released worldwide.
Four days later in Washington DC, Dawkins sat down for a one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews to talk about a variety of subjects…including childhood, music, evolution, apologist “fleas,” Christopher Hitchens and the memoir itself.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 25, 2013
Apostacon was my first specifically Pastafarian event, and it went very well. It was held at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center in Omaha Nebraska on 2013/09/22. If you're in that area, and you're bringing your kids, check out the arcade and the giant indoor water park downstairs.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 12, 2013
Pushing that stupid myth again..
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 10, 2013
Robbed = Freed!
Author Ed Suominen explains how evolutionary biology forced him to abandon creationism — and the church
Ed Suominen was raised in a small sect of Lutheran Christianity called Laestadianism. Of the 32,000 denominations into which Christianity has fractured, his is one of the more conservative. Members believe in the literal truth of the Bible, including the creation story. They eschew sins like drinking, dancing, watching television, wearing earrings, and playing school sports. They marry only within their own sect and believe God alone should decide how many children they have. Suominen followed the rules; he met and married the right kind of girl, and together they have 11 children.
But Suominen is also an engineer, trained at the University of Washington. He has been a patent agent and an inventor, and eventually his work with electrical and digital systems led him to notice something his church hadn’t taught him about: the power of natural selection. He was trying to optimize a design, when he came across a useful software tool:
“You set up an artificial chromosome with each digital ‘gene’ determining a parameter for some widget you want to design. Then you created a population of individual widgets by running simulations with different sets of randomly chosen parameters, and had the widgets ‘mate’ with each other. You repeated this process over many successive generations, throwing in some mutations along the way. Those widgets that worked best in your simulation had the best shot at having ‘children’ in the next generation.”
It was the beginning of the end. After discovering the practical value of evolutionary computation, Suominen began reading about evolutionary biology. The Genesis story fell apart and frayed the fabric of his Christian belief.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 6, 2013
AronRa presentation for ‘Answers in Science’, given at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on 2013/08/04 encourages home school parents to meet the TEKS, (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) in astronomy, geology, and especially biology, where evolution is simply a matter of fact. This presentation serves as an introductory primer for the minimum that should be explained by anyone claiming to teach evolution, whether in a classroom or in home school. The purpose of this conference was in response to the Texas Home School Coalition inviting Ken Ham of answersingenesis and other Young Earth Creationists as key note speakers distorting and misrepresenting science to home school students.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on June 18, 2013
In recent years, Bill Nye has emerged as a fearless voice against climate change deniers. The Science Guy has gone from taking on science lessons for children to taking on pundits on cable television on climate change, evolution and science in general.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on June 6, 2013
55 million years before man created god(s), this guy was monkeying around..
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on March 3, 2013
Religious fundamentalists backed by the right wing are finding increasingly stealthy ways to challenge evolution with the dogma of creationism. Their strategy includes passing education laws that encourage teaching creationism alongside evolution, and supporting school vouchers to transfer taxpayer money from public to private schools, where they can push a creationist agenda. But they didn’t count on 19-year-old anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin.
From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. The Rice University history major joins Bill to talk about fighting the creep of creationist curricula into public school science classes and publicly funded vouchers that end up supporting creationist instruction
Full show <–
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