Saturday, December 17, 2005

Evolution of a Sticker...

It appears that Cobb Co. (NW of Atlanta, Georgia) will win it's appeal to the 11th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals on a lower court's decision to remove the stickers from the county science text books.

Yay! Sort of..

What'd they say? The stickers stated that Evolution was a theory and as such students should keep an open mind and think about the issue critically.

What's wrong with that. If more homosapiens would adhere to that standard in life, we'd be way better off.

Personally, I think the stickers were unnecessary. They were pushed by citizens with a religious background who don't like Evolution being taught in schools. But, the stickers they got placed on the textbooks were basically unchallengable. They were true. True in that evolution IS a theory.

We shouldn't have had this fight in the first place.

Then, citizens against any form of religiosity decided this was a travesty. They had to fight back. 'Wasting' more of our taxpayer money.

A member of the group was quoted as saying, "There is a different use of the word 'theory' in the scientific world." Really?

A Theory is more like a scientific law than a hypothesis. A theory is an explanation of a set of related observations or events based upon proven hypotheses and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. One scientist cannot create a theory; he can only create a hypothesis.

# A scientific theory must be testable. It must be possible in principle to prove it wrong.
# Experiments are the sole judge of scientific truth.
# Scientific method: observations, hypothesis/theory, experiment (test), revision of theory

No one has observed 'Evolution' in it's full scale that I'm aware of. We've definitely witness that organisms will change over time, but those changes and the timeframe we are talking about are minor compared to the scope of evolution.

What's so wrong about the fact that Evolution is a theory?

For one, I believe in Evolution. I am also a religious man.

Hopefully this discussion will evolve into something more than whether or not Evolution is taught in our schools (see Kansas). Somebody has to teach Evolution. Would you trust the schools to teach one of the many forms of Creation? Maybe we have changed this debate over time. We're arguing about a sticker after all.

I'm dissappointed with both parties in this debate.