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Submission + - Tennessee 'Monkey Bill' Inches Closer to Passage (

richard tarantula writes: A bill is making its way closer to passage and was approved by the House Education Committee on Tuesday allowing for teachers to discuss 'alternatives' to prevailing scientific theories, from HB368's summary:

This bill prohibits the state board of education and any public elementary or secondary school governing authority, director of schools, school system administrator, or principal or administrator from prohibiting any teacher in a public school system of this state from helping students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught, such as evolution and global warming.

With articles popping up that illustrate America's potential future shortcomings in science, are individual states undermining our youth and future scientists in the pursuit of an often politicized agenda? In an increasingly globalized world, can we afford for states like Texas to profoundly alter traditional curriculum in favor of Creationism or non-scientific education programs?


Submission + - Are the 3 Laws of Robotics Enough? (

richard tarantula writes: A robot last week made the first steps towards becoming truly autonomous. Inquiring minds want to know: When will the machines rise up and kill us all? interviews P.W. Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and consultant to the Pentagon. His book, "Wired for War" is reviewed here. From the review: "What would happen if a military force could field an army of robots? Singer notes the scary possibility that in today's media-rich environment, there is the possibility that people will go to war because there are few immediate consequences." P.S. He hates Ewoks.

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