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View Diary: Let's Teach the Controversy of Evolution vs Intelligent Design **Updated with Poll question** (365 comments)

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  •  If I am wrong, then can you explain (0+ / 0-)

    why the creationists are so anxious to engage in this debate? Anything that resembles debate concedes a measure of legitimacy to their cause. Why should scientists "debate" against pseudoscience? I don't see any upside to this.  

    "Teach the controversy" has been the slogan of creationists for as long as I can remember. If we accept that, we agree that there is a genuine controversy. That is, we implicitly accept their contention that they might be right.

    There is no genuine controversy. The creationists are dead wrong. To debate them is to put that obvious conclusion in doubt.

    Note to Boehner and McConnell: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." --Bob Dylan-- (-7.25, -6.21)

    by Tim DeLaney on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:33:04 PM PDT

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    •  I personally think (0+ / 0-)

      that creationists are so anxious because they are abject morons who do not appreciate how thorough scientific arguments really are.  

      I agree that there is no genuine controversy.  As such I also think that the argument would be relatively easy to dismiss and would provide an excellent learning opportunity for students.  Wouldn't it be cool to watch our young people dismantle ID/creationism for us (while they are learning about evolution).  I can't think of a better way to introduce them to science.

      But then again, I am not a science teacher or administrator or politician.  I really don't have a dog in this fight, except for my 6 yr old daughter who could probably dismantle most ID arguments by herself without breaking a sweat.

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