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  •  That's why I used the term "viewpoint" (1+ / 0-)
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    rather than theory.

    Some view points that we still discuss in textbooks:

    The Earth is flat.

    That viewpoint is still discussed because of its relevance to the struggle to bring to light the "Spherical Earth" theory which was later "proven beyond a shadow of a doubt."

    I disagree with your assertion:

    Science is an ongoing exploration of the real world--it's as if we are finding our way through a dark cave. Never, never,is anything "proven beyond the shadow of a doubt."

    There is no longer any doubt that the Solar system is "heliocentric". Not even among the Catholics who opposed it due to its Biblical contradictions. Even they have come around on that one.

    They're still coming around to the theory of "evolution". But ignoring the fact that a large portion of the population is still opposed to good science does less to expel the willful ignorance of creationism than exposing it for what it is.

    We should mention the debunked "viewpoint" of creationism in the same context that the textbooks currently discuss the debunked viewpoints of heliocentrism and the flat Earth.  

    "The Flying Spaghetti Monster" isn't relevant in teaching evolution in schools because:

    1. It wasn't the widely held belief for thousands of years whereas creationism was.
    1. It was invented only as a way of mocking creationism, and not as a serious belief.
    1. The Flying Spaghetti Monster isn't currently a part of the textbook debate because it has no traditional roots or basis on any relevant literature.

    "The government has got into the hands of the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." -- Woodrow Wilson

    by DickMacgurn on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 05:44:11 PM PDT

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