Florida evolution showdown

Published January 17th, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

dinosaur1.jpgThe Florida Department of Education has proposed new standards for science education in which evolution is presented as “the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported in multiple forms of scientific evidence”.

The Clay County School Board would prefer that evolution was not presented as fact, and is today – January 17th – voting on a resolution which would direct the Florida Department of Education to revise the science standards. They’d prefer that all theories – including supernatural ones – are given an equal footing.

I, for one, am ready for science to hold all theories equally valid without basis on evidence. And why shouldn’t science include supernatural theories? So what if science is “the study of the natural world”.

I’m all for changing the fundamental definition and methodology of science. Let’s just be clear that that’s what we’re doing, ok?

Maybe in a world where science allows magic, we’ll finally get flying cars.


60 Responses to “Florida evolution showdown”

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  1. Red Dutch Pasta Wench says:

    Clay county should be applauded for trying to get the FSM into the classroom! Well done folks :)

  2. Fiesta42 says:

    Let’s hope there aren’t any hanging chads when it’s time to elect the school board members.

  3. Grave says:

    Wonder what will be the outcome…. please FSM dont change the results Ø_Ø

  4. Jerad says:

    Hey, when these people want to include Intelligent Design in the classrooms, I’d better see some FSM being taught too.
    It’s only fair.

  5. Ande says:

    I can’t possibly count FSM as supernatural, there are far to much evidence for that

  6. lazlow says:

    One can only hope they also include The Wizard, so when your stuck for an answer you can just say: “The Wizard did it!”

  7. Aaron Solomon Adelman says:

    I certainly believe there is probably more to existence than just our universe. But the problem with including the supernatural in science is that we have no way to study anything supernatural without the help of a deity who is not of our universe—and no such being is currently cooperative. As such, tampering with science not a good idea; it’s a crutch for ideas that have not panned out, such as creationism.

    Furthermore, your statement “I, for one, am ready for science to hold all theories equally valid without basis on evidence” betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of science and reality. Theories are more or less valid because of evidence. Throw out evidence, and what do you have? Wishful thinking. “I believe it, therefore it is true” and “I like it, therefore it is true” do not work. Those who disagree, please show me wrong by wishing a full-size talking pink elephant into existence on every street on the planet.

  8. Cap'n Ollie says:

    the problem is, people are voting “yes” just to be different….

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