Texas’ face should be creationism red


P. Z. Myers at Pharyngula has a couple of posts that shed light on part of the recent creationism eruptions in Texas.

The ICR affair is quite astounding: ICR plans to grant degrees in how to violate the Constitution as an educator, and they’re asking Texas to approve it. So far, the approval is on a fast track.

What’s next? Perhaps one of the A&M campuses could start a program on marijuana farming; approval would come from the State of Texas on the basis that all the agricultural stuff is top notch — great course in fertilizing, fantastic stuff on grow lights, wonderful course on marketing agricultural products through ad hoc distribution channels, or through viral marketing.

Okay, that sounds crazy. Now tell me, what’s different about a creationism course? It only violates a different law.

This fight is just warming up. Texas Citizens for Science is in the thick of it. You should be writing to your legislators and to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:

Third, we need to write to Dr. Raymund A. Paredes, the Commissioner of the THECB to express our disgust at how this process has been handled so far, and to object to granting ICR the Certification it desires. The address is:

Dr. Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711-2788

One more chapter in the War on Science, the War on Education — one more time to stand firm for reason against stupidity.

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5 Responses to Texas’ face should be creationism red

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    After reading your response, and rereading your original post, celtictexan, I must say I don’t have a real good grasp on what your question is, or why it would be important if you’re asking why humans are not more genetically diverse.

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  2. celtictexan says:

    Modern humans haven’t had 8 million years of evolution —

    If you re-read you will see that I did not say “modern humans”. That would infer today. It would not even include yesterday.

    But in fact the line that has led to modern humans, has been evolving over a course of about 8,000,000 years. Differences about when exactly differ. But certainly is more than your stated 1,000,000 years.

    How is it that humans have so little genetic diversity, compared with chimps?

    You seem to miss the gist of my question. Is there really such little genetic diversity among humans? Or is that common teaching, part of the prevailing political correctness that dominates questions of race and sex differences.

    Dr. James Watson who won the 1962 Nobel prize for his part in discovering the structure of DNA learned the hard way. He has been widely discredited because his statements about blacks being less intelligent than White’s, had “gone beyond the point of acceptable debate.” IE political correctness.

    So my question goes unanswered. Why do libs work so hard against (fear) creationism being taught in school and favor hard science.
    Yet discredit hard science, when applied to racial and sexual difference?. God or not it seems to me that attitude of libs and creationist are the same on this subject, and therefor should not be so feared if taught in school.

    As I said before I am an atheist. Evolution is very obvious and indisputable. Yet a book I read by Erich von Däniken called “Chariots of the Gods” I read many years ago has always intrigued me. I am a believer in hard science, but do not fear the possibility of guided evolution being a possibility. Why do liberals fear it?

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    You need to be more careful about your assumptions.

    Modern humans haven’t had 8 million years of evolution — perhaps a million, but there’s a good chance we’ve not been around for a million years yet. How is it that humans have so little genetic diversity, compared with chimps? Great question. Probably related to the recent population explosion more than anything else. About half the people on the planet were born since 1950.

    But you’ve also seen the stories in the last two weeks about how fast human evolution is proceeding?

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  4. celtictexan says:

    I read you earlier post along this line, and have seen much dismay among other lib blogs, about creationism so I thought I’d make a little comment and try to clear up some confusion I have.

    Libs will generally claim absolute loyalty to pure science and blame creationist theory on conservatives along with other things like racism and sexism.

    But in reality Conservatives who are Christian, outside of a few idiots most often echoes lib belief that the only difference between races is color of skin, and the only difference in women is the particulars of their reproductive equipment. All being equal and equally loved in the eyes of God and made in his image.

    Libs on the other hand, while espousing the same beliefs about race and the sexes preach endlessly about the purity of Science and in this case Evolution. I am a conservative and do believe in evolution and purity of science. However regardless of the existence of a God or not, I can not easily dismiss the fact that evolution might have, especially in the beginning, been controlled in some way by some higher power.

    Now I’m assuming you to be a lib and that you believe in evolution. You know, survival of the fittest, natural selection and all that.

    So tell me, if you are in fact dedicated to pure science, how is it that after approximately 8,000,000 years of evolution the three major races and the sexes came to be exactly the same. All 100% equal except for the color of skin, or the particular reproductive equipment they happened to be born with? How is that after so many years of evolution all people are mentally, physically, and emotionally all the same?

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  5. […] Please see the update, December 18, here:  Texas’s face should be creationism red. […]

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