Thursday, November 17, 2005

Evolution VS Creationism

It doesn't matter what you look like, or what you're made of, or where you
come from. As long as you live in this universe, and have a modest talent
for mathematics, sooner or later you'll find it. It's already here. It's
inside everything. You don't have to leave your planet to find it. In the
fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art,
there is, written small, the artist's signature. Standing over humans, gods,
and demons, subsuming Caretakers and Tunnel builders, there is an
intelligence that antedates the universe.
Carl Sagan-Contact

Carl Sagan, atheist, was able to entertain the thought, however fleeting,
that creationism/intelligent design is a valid theory. Sure you can't prove
it, but you can't disprove it either. It is not unheard of that theories in
science be unproved. In fact the definition of theory states that it is
unproven. Dark matter is "proven" by the fact that it has to exist for the
universe to operate the way we think it should. Science has a history of
making theory and then finding evidence to prove/explain said theory.
Ptolemy's modeled the Solar system based on the theory that Earth was at the
center. He was able to come up with a model that accurately predicted the
planets routes through the Earth sky.

Science works on faith a little as well.

Should children in schools study evolution as a theory? Yes. Should they
study creationism/intelligent design as a theory? Yes. Are the two mutually
exclusive? No. Most science classes explain that theories are ideas that are unproved long
before it gets to this point in studies, but it should be reiterated at this
point so neither side is offended.

Who gets offended by theories anyway?

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