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More tone-deafness: How to force Darwinism down people’s throats

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From Amanda L. Glaze at Researchgate:

Divided we fall: the evolution “controversy” as a driver for rethinking science education

The present study demonstrates that university students across the United States, including science and education majors, harbor similar misunderstandings of the nature and practice of science as a discipline and way of knowing, inadequate levels of acceptance, and similar misconceptions to those held by the general public when it comes to evolution (Glaze, Goldston, & Dantzler, 2015; Ingram & Nelson, 2006; Nehm, Kim, & Sheppard, 2009; Rissler, Duncan, & Caruso, 2014; Rutledge & Mitchell, 2002; Sinatra, Southerland, McConaughy, & Demastes, 2003). Representations of students from around the United States allows for a comparison across regions that has been a limiting factor of many previous studies of evolution acceptance and understandings. In light of current challenges facing our society, we must reevaluate our approach to teaching and learning of evolution in the United States, in both K-12 classrooms and university programs. More.

One does not want to get all political here but one reason some people’s fortunes have fallen so far short of their hopes is that they tend to make a simple assumption: They are right and obviously right and anyone who opposes them is denying obvious facts. Sure.

Sure. That’ll get you everywhere in a free society. Everywhere but success.

To get anywhere, Glaze would need to start by examining the true reasons so many people doubt her claims—and not just retaikl stuff that sounds good to her and her colleagues.

By the way, anyone who puts “controversy” in sneer quotes, as above, is not keeping up with current events in the field. The practice is usually (but perhaps not always) associated with believing that Darwinism is evolution.

See also: Science denial?: What planet are some people living on?

What the fossils told us in their own words

and

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6 Replies to “More tone-deafness: How to force Darwinism down people’s throats

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    J-Mac says:

    “More tone-deafness: How to force Darwinism down people’s throats

    They are panicking…coz less and less people buy their bs…

    “In light of current challenges facing our society, we must reevaluate our approach to teaching and learning of evolution in the United States, in both K-12 classrooms and university programs”

    We live in a very skeptical society, where even the obvious truths are treated with a grain of salt…

    Religions are reaping what they have sown too…

    On the other hand, even God’s Patience has limits

    How much longer could the designer of life allow to be taunted by the so-called ” wise men” by allowing them to ascribe credit for the creation of life to dumb-luck?

    They are being humiliated now and that’s just the beginning… They will be retiring first (many are already) to avoid the professional humiliation first hand…

    Then, they will retreat to their hiding places and pretend that nothing happen…they will never acknowledge they were wrong…pity…

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    jstanley01 says:

    I remember Solzhenitsyn recounting in The Gulag Archipelago, the answer of a Communist — still committed to the ideology despite being sentenced by his Party to a stretch — when asked what he would do if he survived.

    “I will live as if nothing happened.”

  3. 3
    J-Mac says:

    “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed.”

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels

  4. 4
    J-Mac says:

    “How liars create the illusion of truth”

    “Repetition makes a fact seem more true, regardless of whether it is or not. Understanding this effect can help you avoid falling for propaganda, says psychologist Tom Stafford.”

    http://www.bbc.com/future/stor.....n-of-truth

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    Seversky says:

    One does not want to get all political here but one reason some people’s fortunes have fallen so far short of their hopes is that they tend to make a simple assumption: They are right and obviously right and anyone who opposes them is denying obvious facts. Sure

    This sounds to me like a form of inverted snobbery, despising people who might actually know more about something than oneself. For example, pouring scorn on string or multiverse theory when nobody here, myself included, has a command of the advanced mathematics necessary to fully comprehend them.

    Yes, there is vigorous debate within biology between adaptationists and pluralists, for example. There is controversy in the field about the details of how it happened but not about whether it happened.

    If anything the resistance to evolutionary theory has little to do with the science but everything to do with the threat it is felt to pose to the social influence and political power of religion.

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    Seversky says:

    J-Mac @ 4

    “Repetition makes a fact seem more true, regardless of whether it is or not. Understanding this effect can help you avoid falling for propaganda, says psychologist Tom Stafford.”

    You mean like the constant chanting of prayers or passages from holy texts cements an unwavering belief in the truth of one’s chosen faith?

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