Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dropping science like Galileo dropped the orange...

Since science has been a hot topic on the local blogs recently, I wonder if some would like to weigh in on this:

The majority of Republicans in the United States do not believe the theory of evolution is true and do not believe that humans evolved over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. This suggests that when three Republican presidential candidates at a May debate stated they did not believe in evolution, they were generally in sync with the bulk of the rank-and-file Republicans whose nomination they are seeking to obtain.
I don't want to turn this post into a party- or religion-bashing, er, bash, but I'm generally curious how others feel about this, particularly Republicans who express such concern for scientific rigor when it comes to other subjects, like, oh, I don't know, climate change.


Anonymous said...

Oh I am so tempted to be so bad. I think this calls for a "dance," whether rain or fertility I'll leave up to the rest of you, on the pinhead of the nearest fundamentalist Republican. Science schmience. The earth was created in 7 days (well, 6 actually, since the 7th was devoted to naps).

If this weren't so unreal as to be unbeleivable, it would be truly scary.

FreeMarket said...

I agree with anon 9:04. I’ll bite my tongue and leave it at that.

Anonymous said...

Or, like, oh, I don't know, stem cell research.

Anonymous said...

oops I misspelled unbelievable

David W. Keelan said...

I believe in evolution.

Dave Wissing said...

Could it be that God is the guiding hand behind evolution?

Anonymous said...

And He's behind global warming too.

Lew said...

If God is the guiding hand behind evolution (and life) then he is rather incompetent considering that the vast majority of mutations are dead-ends, not beneficial and often lethal.

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Anonymous said...

It's funny how polarised the subject of 'the origin of life' has become. Does it not strike anyone else that the science/religion argument is somewhat of a false dichotomy?

I'm no creationist but the arguments for evolution are hardly water tight and empirically proven.

I'm not saying that I think the entire theory is garbage, merely that if the theory of evolution was sufficiently complete, then there would be a reasonable explanation of how chrysalids might have evolved.

I suppose strong empirical evidence (fossil remains)with regards to the many missing links would be nice too.

Perhaps it is just such a polarised view that stymies any divergence from the mainstay of evolutionary theory - for fear that it might appear as a chink in the armour regarding the religious right.

Essentially the subject matter is somewhat debased if we boil it down to 'God versus Evolutionary Theory'.

josh said...

Do you people just enjoy riding on the coat tails of real scientists? Do you actually know what the theory of evolution is and what is can successfully account for? Or what it just absolutely can't at all account for? It's kind of bogus to prop yourselves up on being "evolutionists". Not to say that hanging onto the bible for dear life is any better, but it is more or less the equivalent of what you're doing. I think the most rational stance is to keep an open mind about things like this rather than to make it some competition for a spot on the "who's better totem pole".

Anonymous said...

hmm Maybe God planted the seeds which started evolution SO both science and religion may very possible be true

I was writing an unrelated email to a friend, and when I came back the words Dropping science like Galileo dropped the orange were in the subject line

I've never heard of this quot before so I looked it up

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