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At the Epoch Times: A mom tries understanding “evolution” schoolhouse lessons

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Not happy with what she hears:

According to PBS’s Evolution website, “The Darwinian theory of evolution has withstood the test of time and thousands of scientific experiments; nothing has disproved it since Darwin first proposed it more than 150 years ago.”

Really? I remember my science teacher said that, if a statement is too absolute, it is likely unscientific.

As of April 2020, more than 1,100 scientists and researchers in chemistry, biology, medicine, physics, geology, anthropology, paleontology, statistics and other fields have signed a scientific dissent from Darwinism. It reads, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

Jean Chen, “A Mom’s Research (Part 5): A Deep Dive into Evolution” at Epoch Times (June 4, 2021)

Chen’s onto something there.

See, I couldn’t prove to you that the Easter Bunny doesn’t exist. Or that he does.

It is very difficult to prove a negative apart from mathematics and you might justifiably reject any positive evidence I offered for his existence as capable of an alternative explanation.

Now, as for random movements of nature resulting in complex machinery, we know from experience that it is overwhelmingly unlikely in real life. Lots of time will not bridge that gap. So, apart from philosophical commitments favoring belief, Darwinism is overwhelmingly unlikely to be true.

Millions of doctoral shouts in Darwinism’s favor are not the same thing as evidence. If I had to cite one reason for not teaching Darwinism in schools, I would say that it encourages the incorrect belief that an “overwhelming consensus” is the same thing as evidence.

Consider a court case: Learned Counsel for the Defence can show that Harvey Scuzz, accused, was nowhere near the scene of the crime on the night in question (because he was dead drunk at the bottom of his landlady’s stairs, as attested by several emergency services personnel, who responded to her call).

If you believe these people are telling the truth about Scuzz’s position and condition on the night in question, that settles the matter. It doesn’t matter what 1000 PhD’s think about the probability of Scuzz being “just the sort of man who would do that.” They might be right but it doesn’t matter.

If no one has ever been able to demonstrate in real life that an alarm clock assembles itself all by itself, why should I believe that a life form does? Why should that be taught in school? Can’’t we just say that we don’t know? It’s really a matter of belief. Or not, as the case may be. No one should be persecuted for doubt in such a case.

7 Replies to “At the Epoch Times: A mom tries understanding “evolution” schoolhouse lessons

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    polistra says:

    It’s actually worse than “just the sort of man who does that.”

    Professional criminals commit crimes all the time. If Scuzz isn’t guilty of this particular crime, he’s guilty of a hundred similar crimes we didn’t catch. So he deserves to be kept in jail regardless of this particular incident.

    But molecules are not “just the sort of things that habitually self-assemble”. Atoms are not professional protein synthesizers. They have never been observed committing any related crimes at all. So the claim that they did commit this crime is utterly absurd, and nobody who makes the claim should even be heard.

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    asauber says:

    So, I went to PBS’s Evolution section For Students:

    “Evolving Ideas

    These short videos combine storytelling and science to help you think and talk about evolution more clearly.”

    Dude, you ain’t F’n kiddin with the storytelling admission.

    Andrew

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    Karen McMannus says:

    “The Itelligent Designer view of the Origin of Life has withstood the test of time and thousands of scientific experiments; nothing has disproved it since people started believing in an intelligent designer 10,000+ years ago.”

    Just as credible as PBS’s statement.

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    Seversky says:

    As of April 2020, more than 1,100 scientists and researchers in chemistry, biology, medicine, physics, geology, anthropology, paleontology, statistics and other fields have signed a scientific dissent from Darwinism. It reads, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

    And, as of January 2021, 1,465 scientists – limited to those called Steven or Stephen or variants thereof – have signed a statement which reads,

    Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry. Although there are legitimate debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to “intelligent design”, to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation’s public schools.

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    jerry says:

    It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to “intelligent design”, to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation’s public schools.

    But ID is superior science to what these 1465 scientists practice. These scientists are the ones pushing pseudoscience. How ironic

    Seversky should know this. I’m sure he does. He’s been around here long enough.

    The next time you see a letter signed by lots of scientists, your default assumption should be that they are pushing a lie for political reasons, or for profit, or to cover their rears.

    Someday the scientific community might earn back our trust. That won’t be this year.

    From Scott Adams who has nailed how scientists constantly lie

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    Sandy says:

    Evolution =the biggest hoax of the century.
    “The scientists” have no clue , they just have been brainwashed to believe the unchangeable dogma of atheist (satanist) church: “Evolution is a fact!”.

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    johnnyb says:

    Polistra –

    Great points! And well made!

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