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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))).



Jul. 5th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
I must say...
While I sympathize with your position Mr. Martin, It's also good to realize that as science improves we gain a fuller understanding. I don't think Science ever figures anything out for certain--certainly it's the closest we have to a proper understanding, but give due time I think our current understanding of evolution will be replaced by something else.
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: I must say...
I don't know that evolution is ever going to be replaced given that if you study animal and plant life for any length of time you can see it at work...
Jul. 5th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: I must say...
Disagreed. I think our understanding of evolution will grow, evolve if you will, but it seems clear cut enough that organisms do in fact change and adapt over time that our knowledge will be extended rather than replaced.

Wording is important. ;)
Jul. 6th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: I must say...
Exactly. The Newtonian laws of motion have been refined by relativity. Those refinements are indeed revolutionary, but not in such a way that you can't do quite a bit of work with strictly Newtonian mechanics. Evolution will have controversies and revolutions, but those won't displace the foundations Darwin laid down.
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: I must say...
Then nothing is certain and kids should just stay at home learning certain things, like cooking and ironing.

Our understanding of evolution may deepen, but it will never be "replaced".

Jul. 5th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I must say...
Yes! Let us argue semantics when we know what the other person means. In any case you may disagree with what I wrote, but not so much with what I mean. Our understanding of evolution will be replaced with a deeper understanding of evolution. I wasn't suggesting that we'd come to the contrary conclusion that at one point we had twice as many species on this planet as we do now and they just hybridized.

And I never suggested that teaching the modern rendering of evolution was bad so I don't know where your "Then nothing is certain and kids should..." remark came from unless being sarcastic is just a favorite past time of yours (which I would understand and sympathize with).
Jul. 6th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Re: I must say...
Personally, I've always been skeptical of the theories of "cooking" and "ironing" my mother puts so much stake in. Both processes have too many gaps! Science has never been able to offer a satisfactory explanation for how my dinner appears in front of me and how my clothes get clean and wrinkle-free. Only the will of God can turn uncooked food into cooked food, so I don't see why I need to learn how to make hamburgers.


George R.R. Martin
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