I sure hate to see apologetic stuff like this on a libertarian blog.
A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science textbooks of stickers warning that evolution is a theory to be critically examined, not a fact (see here). The sticker didn’t say evolution didn’t happen; merely that no one could be certain that it did, which is a pretty accurate claim.
Now, I don't much care or get worked up about what one part of the state requires another to do. But to characterize it as "a pretty accurate claim?"
How about these equally ridiculous and ignorant (especially ignorant, to the point of utter stupidity) pretty accurate claims:
- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science textbooks of stickers warning that relativity is a theory to be critically examined, not a fact.
- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science textbooks of stickers warning that gravity is a theory to be critically examined, not a fact.
- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science textbooks of stickers warning that atomic structure is a theory to be critically examined, not a fact.
- A court in Georgia required the removal from public school science textbooks of stickers warning that the speed of light is a theory to be critically examined, not a fact.
And so on... Ridiculous, huh? You know, I've been hearing this "it's just a theory" bromide now since I was a youngster. It was stupid then, and even more stupid now. It merely serves to expose the utter ignorance people have about the scientific method, in general.
Go ahead and read some of the comments to the post I cited above, which do far better than I at dispelling these sorts of misunderstandings.
In conclusion, there is absolutely no serious question whatsoever about the fact of evolution (in history and continuing, observably). There have not been any serious questions for some time. The questions that are raised are designed for the exclusive appeal and consumption of scientific ignoramuses, or those so blinded by obedience to faith that they're skeptical of anything not found in their ancient texts or spoon fed them by some self-proclaimed authority or guru.
Most of this "missing link" and "transitional form" crapola has been solved for many years now. While there are questions about evolution that still need answering, there are questions about relativity and gravity that still need answering. Science is a never-ending quest.
Science, unlike religion does not have the luxury of having all knowledge written down in an ancient text 2,000 years ago. But go ahead. Have at it. Put faith and that ancient text ahead of observable science and fact and live a generally uncompetitive and unsatisfying life of disappointment and despair.
Oh, by the way, does anyone watch Penn & Teller's BULLSHIT! program on Showtime? If you don't, do, or TiVo it. They take on every sort of whacked-out notion like this: from talking with the dead, to enviro-whack-jobs, to creation "scientists." They're not apologetic. Bullshit is bullshit. Assholes are assholes. Fuck-heads are fuck-heads. Simple.
It was hilarious the other night. They made Duane Gish sound like a moron. Actually, he did that all by himself. They just let him talk. Last night, they were at some eco-march in DC. Every person they talked to was a moron. They circulated a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide (water) and got hundreds of signatures. In fact, not a single person turned them down.
Well, enough rambling on for now. I'll get back to heaping scorn and ridicule on morons and idiots (most people) soon enough.