Thursday, May 05, 2005

The battle for science continues

Mainstream science organizations are boycotting hearings being held by the Kansas State Board of Education on whether to include Intelligent Design in science classrooms. Essentially, they hope that by boycotting the hearings, the effectively will destroy the legitimacy of the proceedings and prevent them from becoming a large media event that will only elevate the status of I.D.

The article talks about how science groups are preparing for the real battle ahead, which is the fight over the content of textbooks. To be blunt, most biology teachers at the high school level pretty much just teach straight from the book. Therefore, the content of biology textbooks are extremely important. The science community won the last battle over textbooks, keeping out creationism, but I'm a little worried about this round with I.D. Damn social conservatives.

I have been trying to figure out what is the real motivation of creationists, because it is obviously not promoting good science. I think it is basically just a narcissistic arrogance. They'd rather believe that they were created directly from god, and not evolved from a monkey. Well, I'd have to say my response to that is nicely summed up by this fight club quote...

"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."