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Comment Re:Strengths and weaknesses (Score 1) 510

You're mistaken on that as well. Laws mean what they say

Funny, you just said that there is no need for a Supreme Court and that there is no field of law called Statutory Interpretation. Sorry to burst your bubble of ignorance, but you are simply wrong.

In this specific case, for example, one would have to look at the background work to interpret what is meant by "scientific controversies". According to Breechen, Common Origin is an example of such. So, no, the wording is not enough. If it was, there would be no need to teach law in universities.

Comment Re:Strengths and weaknesses (Score 1) 510

Well, demonstrating that Creationism is not science is enough. Remember, these laws, including the one that you "support" are designed, not to improve science education. When they say "discussing the strengths and weaknesses", what they actually mean is that ones should teach that Creationism is an alternative theory to Common Origin. All of these laws in the south are introduced so that that can be done. If you don't understand that you've been living under a rock for the past few decades.

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

You're saying that since 75% of lions are bad, lions are bad.

No, I'm saying that since 75% of lions are bad, the chance that any random lion is bad is about three in four.

This is a distinction you do not afford the monkeys.

No monkey with desirable traits have been observed for more than 100 years. Scientific consensus say they are extinct.

Comment Re:Strengths and weaknesses (Score 1) 510

Can you explain how the absence of a mainstream alternative scientific theory bears on the strengths and weaknesses of the one mainstream theory?

Firstly, there is not an absence of a "mainstream" alternative theory, there is a total absence of any alternative theory.

Secondly, it doesn't directly say anything on its own about the strengths and weakness of that theory. However, if 100 years have passed (as in this case) and nobody has been able to postulate an alternative theory, and nobody has been able to provide any data points that weaken the theory, it is not unreasonable to assume said theory has a high probability of being the correct one. Please note, the theory has morphed slightly over time as new data and new technologies have emerged. Darwin didn't know about DNA, for example. The core hasn't changed.

Should students be taught critical thinking, absolutely, and Creationism could easily be used to help such education. It is in fact perfectly suited for that. One could use it to show that Creationism is not a theory, it isn't even a hypothesis. Creationism is simply a new way of formulating an age old superstition. As such one could sit down, blow the Creationism nonsense out of the scientific water so to speak, to show just how infantile the thought-patterns of its supporters are. I do believe that would cause some uproar though.

Another thing that could be useful would be Christianity as such. Many people believe the stories in the Old Testament for example, are historically accurate. You could use those to show how reason and rationality blows those notions out of the water and that people who actually believe in that nonsense are ignorant, intellectually impaired or lazy etc. Again, though, I think you'd have some politicians up in arms over that. If you taught how much rubbish superstitious people actually believe in and exactly how retarded that belief is, parents would pull their children out of school. I am certain that the laws proposed here were not intended for such activities.

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

Also, to expand on my point, some time back, the position of "Head of Zoo" was given to a monkey. During his tenure some stray lions attacked the primate area killing more than 3000 monkeys. The head monkey went, understandably, ballistic. He then handed millions of dollars to the lions before attacking the zebra compound, the giraffes, some rhinos and others. To date the result of the attacks on the animals that did not perpetrate the attacks is estimated to about 500 000.

Now, the current monkeys claim the attacks were justified, and that the Lions perpetrating the attacks were generally innocent and someone of high standard we should still do business with. A rational mind would put those monkeys behind bars for treason. The original head monkey and most of his friends belongs in jail for belligerent genocide.

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

Your paternalistic view may have lead to your assumption that because you have been running the zoo, that no one else can

Not at all, I have observed monkeys in action, and I have, logically, concluded that they do not possess the ability to run the zoo. When a significant portion of the monkeys time is spent throwing feces at each other or eating said feces them selves, putting them into management positions would be irresponsible. That is neither paternalistic or making assumptions. We can actually learn something from observation, but it seems most RINO's don't believe that is possible.

Comment Re:Strengths and weaknesses (Score 1) 510

I agree: teaching "controversy" between evolution and religion is a lie. One is science. The other is not.

You, me and people in science agree on this. For us, and if the bill was proposed by us, there would be no problem.

When I read the senate bill, I found no direction to teach such controversy

A government bill is not something that exists in a vacuum, it exists in a context. The context is that the majority of the people in said state would argue that to prod the weakness of the Theory of Common Origin (often mistakenly called evolution) you have to use some variation on Creationism. I know the bill doesn't read that way to you, or even me, but that is because we do understand what a theory is. 99.9% of the US population, and probably at least 80% or teachers in public schools in these states have no clue. They actually think Creationism is a theory, and that it should therefore be taught when prodding Common Origin. Context matters.

Comment Re:Strengths and weaknesses (Score 1) 510

Can anyone explain to me how discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a theory is anti-science?

It isn't. When there are multiple theories we should devote ample time for all of them. The problem is that currently there are no alternative theories to the Theory of Common Origin (often mistakenly called "evolution"). When there are no alternative theories, none can be taught. For more information, google "scientific theory".

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

I am not surprised at all, and the LINO/DINO aspect is just a minor brain fart. The main reason he's probably never heard of it is that it is mostly a construct without a real-world representation. If you look at the concept RINO, and you say "who are they", you can point to the entire Tea Party movement, and these days, in reality, the entire GOP. In theory I would vote GOP, but there isn't really any candidates that are non-RINOs these days. It's ALL about anti-science, anti-secularism etc. The entire GOP has turned into a circus where everybody is playing the "Who's dumber than Sarah Palin" game.

Sadly, voting for any GOP candidate today is the same as voting for letting the monkeys run the Zoo. I fail to see a single person in that party that at the current point in time doesn't fall into, or tries to move into the category "raving lunatic". I sweat, even Bernie Sanders is more palatable than the average GOP member. For those of us who are "Get the GOV out of my house, my wallet and just about anything in my life", the GOP is no longer, and hasn't been for a long time, an alternative. The last non-insane GOP member I can remember is G. H. W. Bush.


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