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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It isn't about teaching alternatives. It is about schools teaching that there are no alternatives, and teaching that there can't be intelligent design (which there's nothing really new about; it's probably been around for at least 30 years).

    This method of instruction is not based in fact, and is a form of religion itself. In my experience, public schools often teach that things just happened, that there was no design to how things came about. Fine, teach science, but that is not science! Teaching about
    • It isn't about teaching alternatives. It is about schools teaching that there are no alternatives, and teaching that there can't be intelligent design (which there's nothing really new about; it's probably been around for at least 30 years).

      Schools teach the scientific method. That emphasises the process of analysing the data, trying to come up with a theory that matches the data, using the theory to predict what shoudl happen in similar circumstances (especially emphasizing circumstances in which this t
      • There is no need (and considerable distraction) in exploring the facets in which the scientific evidence is contradictory or incomplete for each area studied.

        Somehow that reminds me of second grade when I got all mad because they kept telling me you had to put the smaller number on the bottom in a subtraction problem and I knew they were wrong. My brother did the same thing, too, five years later. (We Blackstones liked our negative numbers as kids.)

        All the same, Pudge isn't saying to examine the possible contradictions of evolution or saying to teach intelligent design. He is simply teaching, "Don't teach that evolution and current theories of origins rule out intelligent design." Or, to put it another way, "Don't institutionalize disrespect for a particular viewpoint."

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