One of the … interesting … things to watch has been the massive Bible-pounding going on among the Republican candidates for President. Yes, they’re stumbling all over themselves trying to prove that they’re “more religious” than the other, pandering for all they’re worth to the religious Right. One of the things to watch is how many of them are “creationists.” Seriously, if you ever want to see if someone is unwilling to acknowledge science, just ask them whether they believe in the oxymoronic “creation science.” Or as Isaac Asimov said: “Creationists make it sound as though a “theory” is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
It is not an opinion. A scientific theory is:
A scientific theory comprises a collection of concepts, including abstractions of observable phenomena expressed as quantifiable properties, together with rules (called scientific laws) that express relationships between observations of such concepts. A scientific theory is constructed to conform to available empirical data about such observations, and is put forth as a principle or body of principles for explaining a class of phenomena.
And soon coming to Tennessee. Yes, Tennessee just passed a law detailing how they want evolution taught. No, it isn’t the way that biologists teach it, it comprises a heavy dose of “intelligent design” as well. In looking at the Republicans, and their statements and the laws they want to pass, something else becomes clear.
Because science tends to get in the way of their beliefs
and it’s hard to think before speaking
and while things like this could be … charitably … written off
taken as a whole, it’s not a good picture.
and its time to
Because science works. It’s what’s enabled us to get to the moon, visit other worlds, and understand that the world is extraordinary.
it just requires logic, critical thinking, and a willingness to accept the data