Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Uncle Is Galileo, but He Missed the Memo

So my uncle/godfather is one of the biology teachers in Cobb County, Georgia, who resisted/refused to teach the stickers that say "Evolution is 'only' a theory," that were stuck on all the biology textbooks and eventually declared unconstitutional. I keep explaining to him how he's internet famous, but he's not so net literate, so he doesn't know that the Glorious Resistance in Cobb County got boingboinged and slashdotted and whatnot for standing up for what's right. He's all, "I just wouldn't teach things that were wrong," and I'm all, "Hello! You're internet famous for refusing to teach things that were wrong!"

So everyone send up a woohoo! so he knows that he has to tell his story about refusing to bow to the ignorant. He totally has no idea that the Cobb County refusers are internet famous and doesn't really know why anyone would care.


Michael said...

Thank God (seriously) for people like your uncle! I don't want to offend anyone for their religious views but let's get real. Improperly applied religion has caused more wars and woe than just about anything else on the planet. Almost all religions teach humility and brotherly love but it gets lost somewhere along the line. I do a slow boil every time I see all this "evolution is theory" nonsense. I better move on!

Jennifer said...

Yah, the "evolution is a theory" bs drives me crazy! They are misusing the word "theory" in this case, applying the everyday definition rather than the scientific definition of a theory. And they don't even realize it! (Can you tell this drives me crazy?)

Plus, it makes me boil that someone's religious beliefs would effect the education of my child in a negative way.

Anon E. Mouse said...

Evolution IS only a theory.
Just like gravity.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon.E.Mouse:

Gravity is an observable fact. However, you are certainly entitled to your own theory as to why you fall on your face when you trip. Likewise, evolution is an observable fact. Darwin's theory of natural selection is a theory.

Personally, I find the scientific process, when applied unimaginatively, rather limiting. However, that is no excuse to allow uneducated misunderstanding, or to allow narrow minds to poison a child's education with only a perverted understanding of religion as justification. Huzzah for the Cobb County educators!

Speaking of education, I enjoyed the unaffected irony effected by the last sentence of Jennifer's post.

Anon E. Mouse said...

Dear Gentle "Anonymous" Reader,

American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition -

A form of irony in which apparent praise conceals another, scornful meaning. For example, a sarcastic remark directed at a person who consistently arrives fifteen minutes late for appointments might be, “Oh, you've arrived exactly on time!”

Anon E. Mouse

Anonymous said...

So you are either a person who does not understand the term, or a sarcastic person who does not understand the term? A dubious distinction in terms of the quality of your argument, though it at least distinguishes which side of the debate you support.

Believing scientific theory to be akin to fact or irrevocable law is just as bad. You are merely trading one bias for another. Also, speaking of theory as if it is absolute further clouds the issue, and will cause those who rail against evolution to feel more justified in their opposition.

Anon E. Mouse said...

There will be a bloggers bake sale next weekend. all proceeds will go toward buying "Anonymous" a sense of humor.

Knight in Dragonland said...

Wow ... I'm notoriously thick about catching internet sarcasm, but even I caught that one.

Was C.J.'s recent post a response to this one, or just coincidence?

Mahkno said...

Um... Gravity is technically a scientific theory. Theories rest on 'a posteriori' reasoning, meaning that they are dependent on observations; lots of observations. Obviously some theories are stronger than others. Nonetheless you would acknowledge that if you observed something falling up as it were, your theory of gravity would be challenged.

Michael said...

It is true that gravity has a theoretical explanation. It is also true that gravity is a fact. The apple doesn't wait for the explanation. The fact is that it falls. The theory explains why it falls. Not all facts and theories are mutually exclusive or collectively exhaustive. Evolution is a fact. There are a number of theories which attempt to explain why, to what degree, and to what end. No current evolution theory thus far disproves the existence of natural selection in the progress of species through the dimension of time.

Anonymous said...

The 4th and 10th comments correctly define theory. Let's leave it at that.

And save your baked goods, mouse - you provide me with endless amusement already.

Anon E. Mouse said...

anonymous sez: "And save your baked goods, mouse - you provide me with endless amusement already."

I sez: Whatever you say, BJ!