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Should Math Be Taught in Schools?

((Sad to say, this parody is hardly exaggerated at all. A few of the answers are almost verbatim to the actual answers of the Miss USA contestants to "Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools." Go watch that video on YouTube and see for yourself)).

(((There are days I think I am living in the world of Kornbluth's "Marching Morons." Just look at reality TV, and remember the hit show in his story)))

(((I am vastly pleased that the eventual Miss USA winner, and GAME OF THRONES fan, does "believe in evolution." And presuambly in math as well))).



Michael E. Brammer
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
A Scientific Theory is an explanation of facts into
a broader explanation of those facts. In that sense evolution is a theory (as well as the Theory of Relativity for example). The facts which support evolution include clear lines of common descent seen in the fossil record, in DNA, in anatomy, and in the development of embryos to just mention a few.

While many of the mechanisms of evolution have been uncovered, I think we still have things to discover. As we learn more, the Theory of Evolution will continue to evolve so to speak. Just as Newton and probably Einstein were not the last word in gravity, mass, and velocity - all the mechanisms of evolution are still to be discovered (if they are ever found). Time erases past events so we may never have a complete understanding, but the search is very exciting.
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: A Scientific Theory is an explanation of facts into
Well said. I get real tired of hearing the creationists use the "just a theory" line when they don't have a clue what a real theory is, namely an explanatory hypothesis that is supported by and consistent with the known facts. Such well-confirmed theories stand until and unless they are superseded by better ones, or until the theory evolves into a better one through ongoing discovery.

Creationists like to talk pseudo-scientific by calling their own pet dogma "theories," such as "intelligent design," but close examination shows that they're based on non-falsifiable hypotheses, which removes them from the realm of science and into that of religion/philosophy.
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: A Scientific Theory is an explanation of facts into
Yes, thank you! Scientific theories and facts are not opposite things.


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