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  •  Absolutely superb diary. You have nailed it. (11+ / 0-)

    Thanks. I will hotlist this for future reference b/c you have stated it so well. (I teach molecular cell biology and did my dissertation in molecular evolution.)

    Our system of law is premised on the idea that an unfettered government - rather than criminals - is the greatest danger to our lives and liberty.
    NCrissieB

    by pixxer on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 09:08:08 PM PST

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    •  Yes, beautifully written (3+ / 0-)
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      and well-thought-out.  One of the best things I have read on this anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.  

      I also believe that if there is a God, she is smart enough to create the evolutionary process.

      Why not have kids read the book?  They would learn more from tracing Darwin's thought process than from anything else.  They would learn how science is done.

      If not me, who? If not now, when?

      by ramara on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 10:26:45 PM PST

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      •  Might be useful (1+ / 0-)
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        Why not have kids read the book?  They would learn more from tracing Darwin's thought process than from anything else.  They would learn how science is done.

        but few kids would learn how science is done by reading about someone else doing it. Kids learn how science is done by doing science.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government is incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Thu Nov 26, 2009 at 08:13:11 AM PST

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      •  Origin is not for kids. The laying out of (2+ / 0-)
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        facts and their interpretation is laborious, though well done and quite interesting for a highly engaged adult. There is likely a good rehashing that is more compact than the original (there are surely a lot of them, many horrid, but there must be some good ones).

        The diarist has summed it up perfectly with this:

        Variability means simply that creatures are different from each other, even within a species.  Heritability means that those differences are in part handed down from parent to child.  Differential survival means that not all of us live to produce the same number of offspring, and that those who have more offspring are better represented in future generations. Once you concede these three points, evolution becomes inevitable.

        The only part that Creationists have trouble with is the length of time it has had to be going on to create differences so great that we identify them as separate species (not to speak of genera, families, orders, classes, phyla, kingdoms, and domains ;) They generally concede variability and heritability, but don't believe that these, along with differential survival, could possibly have produced everything from bacteria to elm trees. And of course, the Bible says that is not how it happened, so they're kinda stuck on that point, too.

        Our system of law is premised on the idea that an unfettered government - rather than criminals - is the greatest danger to our lives and liberty.
        NCrissieB

        by pixxer on Thu Nov 26, 2009 at 08:55:07 AM PST

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