Sure science is great, but how does it make you feel?

A new study indicates that high school teachers in the US overwhelmingly softsell evolution in biology class. Beyond the 13% of teachers that actively teach creationism, apparently around 60% of teachers encourage students to treat this foundation of modern science as a moral belief.  The ‘controversy’ around evolution has been exaggerated to such an extent that teachers who aren’t confident about their grounding in science back off on this essential concept in order to avoid controversy.

This does a real disservice to America’s youth and is one more reason that I just can’t see America continuing to dominate the world for a another generation. Every other schoolkid coming out of highschool and university around the world won’t have any doubts about the effectiveness of science and how to apply it.

Anyways, I hope that at least these teachers at least have the sense of fairness to ensure that their doubt filled, “its-not-true-unless-I-feel-comfortable-with-it” generation of students are aware of these other well known scientific ‘controversies’ which were, in their time, sometimes even more vitriolic. Suggest other controversies in the comments section:

  • Where is the centre of the solar system? Kepler and Gallileo say it’s the Sun. But his infallible eminence the Holy Father says it’s the Earth just like the Bible never mentions anywhere. What do you think? It is a little strange to imagine us going around the Sun when it clearly goes around us in the sky everyday isn’t it? Especially since the Moon does go around us. Ha ha ha, well, isn’t the world funny? You need to decide for yourself what you believe.
  • How do we ‘see’ the world around us? Why is it that we only see when our eyes are open? Is it because light is bouncing around the world off of every object and flows into our eyes? Can the thin layer of skin over our eyes really stop electromagnetic radiation that scientists say travelling at 300,000,000 metres for second? Some people, like Isaac Newton, thought that we actually emit light out of our eyes which instantly bounces off the world around us and lets us see. It seems to work right? And just imagine, if we all closed our eyes, then the room would go completely dark. That’s funny isn’t it. Well…maybe its true.  Isaac Newton was kinda smart.
  • Where does heat come from? Some scientists say that heat is the result of the vibration of tiny particles inside all matter. This motion is different than general movement. So this ruler doesn’t heat up just because I wave it in the air but because its ‘atoms’ are vibrating in tiny,tiny,tiny,tiny motions back and forth. Sounds a little complicated, huh? Well, there’s another theory that lots of people believe, who are now all dead. They thought heat is actually caused by an invisible liquid that is all around us called caloric. When more caloric flows into something it heats up and when the caloric flows out the object cools down. That’s why your hot cup of coffee will cool down over time as the caloric flows out into the room. That’s makes sense doesn’t it? Well, this theory has some problems explaining why water boils but hey, you need to make up your own minds. Why not try building your own calorimeter and spending your whole life trying to recreate established experiments so you can see it with your own eyes. That’s the only way you’ll know for sure.

And remember kids, there is no right answer here. The world is whatever you think it is or what your parents drill into your head it is since you were born. As long as they don’t sue me, I frankly don’t care.

Alright class, that’s all for today, tomorrow’s class will be the science of candy, “How do they get the caramel into the Caramilk bar?” Can Science provide an answer?

Never mind Darwinism, watch out for Relativism

The esteemed and wise ladies of the View have tipped off a bit of a firestorm, at least in my head, over their discussion about teaching evolution and creationism in school .  For me the most telling part of this is the fact that everyone, even Whoopi!, accepted the renaming of evolution as Darwinism.  This implies that evolution is some kind of cult of personality, that modern scientists are so enamored with Charles Darwin that they follow his theory of evolution slavishly like a religion.  In this way it is difficult to deny that Christians who don’t believe in evolution are simply not so fond of Darwin and have a different set of beliefs and so it is perfectly valid to teach both beliefs on an equal level.   Its seems a very sensible approach, Barbara Walter introduced the topic as Darwinism vs. Creationism and the other ladies all went right along with it as a valid description.

Having brought up this point, it occurs to me that there is a much more insidious belief system permeating the scientific community that doesn’t receive nearly enough attention.  I speak, of course, of Newtonianism and its more modern form, Relativism.  Did you know that modern physicists hold the absurd idea that all objects fall at the same rate regardless of what they are made up of or how heavy they are?  They would say that 1 ton of lead falls to earth at exactly the same rate as 1 ton of feathers or iron.  I find this whole notion truly strange, I feel gold is a more noble and pure substance and should speed to earth more quickly than lead.  And clearly, 1 ton of feathers is more airy and would not fall to earth as quickly as iron and gold.  Physicists will quibble that they mean this to be true in a vacuum once air resistance is accounted for but what they are really hiding is a love for Issac Newton’s pet theory of Mechanics that purports to explain that this strange belief actually holds true in the world.  All of physics of the past few centuries has been nothing but  a popularity contest between notable theoreticians. Scientific experiments serve mainly to justify the beliefs of one group over another.  In such a way the cult of Albert Einstein usurped Newtonianism in the 1920’s to lead us to a point today where almost all physicists are Relativists, so called after Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.  This belief system is actually consistent with Newtonianism, much as Christianity is with Judaism, but includes additional strange beliefs such as that time slows down as velocity increases and that the universe originated in a Big Bang about 12 Billion years ago.

Newtonianism, Darwinism and now Relativism are a threat to the fabric of our society.  These people are trying to tear down the binds of common sense and reason that hold our society together.  If we have to believe what we are told about the world from people who purport to know simply because they have observed the world in detail and seen that this is how it works then is it really belief?  The ‘truths’ these Relativisits are telling us are not ‘true for me’ and so why should I accept them?  I’m not going to teach Relativism to my children and have them worship at the feet of Einstein, Newton and Gallileo.  I and I alone will decide who’s feet they worship at.

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