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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Evolving creationism or Creating evolutionism



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I have said before and I state again:
Ayup.

That the present form of a human being is the result of millions of years of evolution is a theory.

That the present form of a human being was spontaneously created by God is a theory.

This will annoy both sides of the creation-evolution debate. This does not change the fact that both are true statements because we have no way to test either statement to reach an absolutely conclusive decision.

As much as it will annoy both sides as well, belief in either statement is a matter of faith. Faith is defined here as acceptance as truth of that which cannot be positively verified.

When it comes down to the fight over what our children are taught, the Maginot Line looked like a couple of kids drawing a line in sand with a stick by comparison.

Is there a draft in here?
Me? I say teach 'em both.

When one side prevails over the other, then all have lost. Intractability on either side shuts off the free flow of information. You would THINK the scientific-evolution side of the debate would object strenuously to the free exchange of ideas, especially in an academic setting.

If you so think, you forget the one single most important aspect of this discussion and debate. Both sides are fully occupied by human beings, not Vulcans. Humans are ruled by emotion, not logic.

Humans are the central problem of anything humans get involved with, be that religion, science, government, education, the environment or whatever.

I am reminded here that Japanese textbooks do not discuss Japan's role in WWII. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are glossed over. It was in the late 1980s or early 90s that the Japanese government finally owned up to what happened in WWII. The statement, taking less than 2 minutes to say, can be summed as "WWII happened. We did not do what we should have."

Only in recent times has the true nature of slavery in the United States come about. Unfortunately as the truth of this comes to be known, the truth of what Martin Luther King Jr stood for is becoming increasingly distorted. The truth is being told in one place while in another it is obfuscated.

Lemme make this VERY clear:

Suppression and distortion of information is the hallmark of a repression and an attempt to control the thought process of those who are denied information.

Arg. Confusing.

Try this: When you deny me information, you attempt to control my thoughts.

I do not care which side of the debate you fall on. If you intend to deny me and my children access to the information the other side has, You Are The Enemy.

Period.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=south-korea-surrenders-creationist-demands

2 comments:

  1. I have always said, even back during my Agnostic phase, that despite what most people feel, Creationism and Evolution are not mutually exclusive ideas. As I mention in my (brilliant as ever) blog last night, even when you pare away all of the religions and all of the faiths and accept the fact that all life sprang from some random act billions of years ago (ie in this case microbes hitting the earth from space) you are still left with the big question of "Where did they come from." Hells lets step even further back. Even if the Scientists are right and everything was created when some great "Cosmic Egg" went BOOM! then you are still left with the question "Where'd the egg come from?" So I am with my Brother here. Teach them both cause maybe just maybe they are both right.

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  2. Yup, creation and evolution are compatible as is the Big Bang Theory. Who knows perhaps when God said, "let there be light," he/she may have clapped his/her hands together and the result was a big bang. Totally agree with you and Highlander. We need ALL the info. I'd love to see the Joseph Campbell series replayed on PBS.

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