RE: [DarwinsTavern] "Modern"/"sophisticated"­ Creationists Arguments in Texas

From: Dennis
Sent on: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:49 AM

Agreed. Until we as a society can effectively teach our youth about scientific inquiry and the nature of evidence they will be susceptible to these types of weak arguments.  Its very hard to introduce this to people who have been taught to believe in talking snakes and zombie messiahs.


From: [address removed] [[address removed]] on behalf of Ellery Curtis [[address removed]]
Sent: Thursday, May 30,[masked]:33 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [DarwinsTavern] "Modern"/"sophisticated" Creationists Arguments in Texas

I was impressed by his tactics though - introducing thee manufactured and undue focus on weak aspects of the evidence could easily away already skeptical students to hear what they already hear and walk away from scientific truth.

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On May 30, 2013, at 1:26 PM, Dennis <[address removed]> wrote:

McLeroy is a perfect example of how dangerous a combination of ignorance and arrogance can be. 

Thanks for the link.

 

Dennis


From: [address removed] [[address removed]] on behalf of Ellery Curtis [[address removed]]
Sent: Thursday, May 30,[masked]:26 AM
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Subject: [DarwinsTavern] "Modern"/"sophisticated" Creationists Arguments in Texas

So if you get a chance, take like 20 minutes, fast foward to the interview portion of episode #408 of the skeptic's guide to the universe podcast.  Interview was with Don McLeroy - a creationist and dentist in the state of Texas who campioned some new "standard" of teaching students about uncertainty regarding evolution of biochemical aspects of cellular biology.

Steven Novella is one of my favorite skeptics....hands down....and this interview is a FINE example of how difficult it can be to make a point with creationists.  Novella nails it I think here.

http://www.theskepticsguide.org/archive/podcastinfo.aspx?mid=1&pid=408




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