easy to explain to children DOES NOT equal correct.....stupid woman, take your bible's advice and stfu.
White was the only skin color I saw in that audience - I'm guessing evolution wasn't their only problem.
When I think of evolution, I map it to gravity, number, heat etc. To me it is not really about 'belief', it is about knowledge and some degree of social convention. Gravity is not about belief, it is not even about human beings, it is about humans recognizing a 'force' that they experience everyday, that we had no part in creating, and we use a language convention to refer to it. Evolution as a lense of theory that helps us make sense out of the natural world and the diversity of life. We could use different language conventions, or even start from a totally different place in our understanding about nature, and still discover something like 'evolution' at the end our studies if it has any reality and our honesty is still intack.
It seems that religion would not be abe to do this since its starting point is about preserving preconceptions and mythology as the lense to look through. All their results are bound to the mythology and that is the measure of truth. If a holy book demands that the number 5 is actually 4, the fall back position will be the holy book, not the evidence of our minds or our honesty.
Religion has the luxury of not being deeply challedged most of the time via a reality check, but as the culture has matured, I expect that such a luxury will cost them dearly.
As a young boy in a catholic family, I grew up as a science nerd. I tried to be a good catholic boy, but the more I tried and pursued my science interest, the worse the double think became. Finally it became intolerable, to keep my sense of the mandatory demand for honesty, I could not longer be catholic. If the church teachings had any value at all, leaving the church was the best thing! I thank them for this.
Sometimes I miss mass, and a nice ready made ideology to curl up with at night. Atleast my leaving did not produce any night terrors.
Yes – Evolution is not a matter of belief. It is only a matter of understanding. Theists deny it as much as they say they don’t belief it. Some effort is required both to teach it correctly and to learn about it. It is not a difficult subject. It is just that creationists and the anti science brigade are always confusing the subject. It is often necessary to teach what Evolution is not before we understand what it actually is. One thing is for sure though – Evolution is 100% the Truth. There is no doubt about that in Science. It is a Fact. We are all evolved creatures and all life is related to all other life.
A large part of the problem lies in terming evolution a "theory" - WE know that theory has one meaning to the scientific community, and another for the lay world, but Creationists use the lay meaning and apply it to the science.
I hope these kids get out to collect fossils in the field and look at context. I did this as a Big Brother, early 80's, with a young boy that came from a very religous family. We used to go to the coast, look at fossils in the mud stone, and visit the fossil deposit set aside by the local science museum. I never told him what to believe, but the experiences drew him out, and got him to ask lots of questions. I listed for him many of the common possible explainations for the death of the dinosaurs, and got him thinking about ways to maybe test these. I hope things improved for him and his family, they were in dire straights when I first ment them....;p(.
The lady in the beginning "Its just easy." Yupp, lazy people.
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