Thursday, September 06, 2007

See You on October 11

Sorry, John - you lost me when you said:
"It's still called the theory of evolution," [John] Tory said. "They teach evolution in the Ontario curriculum, but they also could teach the fact to the children that there are other theories that people have out there that are part of some Christian beliefs."

That's not what I signed up for.

It's called the theory of evolution because that's what you call a logical or mathematical explanation in science - a theory - not because it's an opinion or a best guess. A scientific theory can be proven via experiment or disproven via evidence.

That's why evolution belongs in science class, along with gravity and relativity - similar scientific theories.

Calmer heads may prevail, but at this point - I'm done.

4 comments:

Halden said...

They call it a Theory not a hypothesis, John.

Dan said...

That had to be a tough call for you, Jim. Good on you for sticking to your principles.

Matthew Naylor said...

People abuse the term theory far too much. The colloquial use of the term is different from the scientific use of the term, and, to be honest, there probably should be two different ones. Perhaps Barbens. Or Simquant. Just choose a word, and we can be free of Torian abuses like this forevermore.

Gila said...

How can people justify funding Catholics and no other religions? Could you imagine if Catholics got free knee surgery and everyone else had to pay? A couple of evenings before the "creation" blooper, the same question was put to a religious Muslim representative (on The Agenda with Steve Paikin) who jokingly said "Theory of evolution is a theory" since he thought it was rediculous to ask if they would teach creationism in a religious school. Over 650,000 students attend Catholic schools and study creationism in their religious classes and evolution in science - where's your hue and cry about that?!? Ask all the Orthodox Jewish scientists how they mesh creationism and science and they will be insulted. Life is not black and white; people blend spirituality and religion every day! What I find interesting are all the people who are looking for every excuse to deny including other faiths in our education system, want to delegate religion to homes and temples and away from every day life, yet they come looking for religion when they are faced with a death in their family, or need to plan a wedding. How convenient!