Monday, January 9, 2012

Oh, dear, New Hampshire, too?

"I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It's a worldview and it's godless....Columbine, remember that? They were believers in evolution. That's evidence right there."

For all the excitement over whether evolution can explain H. sapiens without appealing to the dominant version of God in these parts, I'm working on the small battles.

Leaves come mostly from air, a lit propane torch emits water, a dime falls as fast as the 7th edition of Campbell's Biology, a charged glass rod can bend a stream of water, a tiny pinhole can flip an image upside down, you can light a lamp by spinning a magnet in a coil of wire, and you can balance a gyroscope on a finger.

Sunlight makes a radiometer spin, gingko fruit smells like vomit, red cabbage juice changes color when you add acid, a garbage bag with the air vacuumed out can immobilize a JV high school football player, and you can crush an empty Pepsi can instantly simply by cooling it quickly.

You can launch a rocket a couple of hundred feet up using just a little water and a lot of air, you can float a paper clip on water, you can make that floating paper clip act like a compass by magnetizing it first, you can make green chlorophyll fluoresce red.

You can catch (and listen to) a radio signal with a long wire and the right crystal, you can make a coat hanger sound like bells, you can see Jupiter with your bare eyes, and you can grow a bean in the back of a science classroom.

I got a whole lot of things every bit as interesting and seemingly miraculous as evolution, and none of it is magic.

Maybe we should just ban the teaching of science period--God only knows how much damage thinking might cause to this fine democracy.

You cannot make this stuff up....


John T. Spencer said...

I say teach Creationism, along with Alchemy, Phrenology and Astrology. All of those came from a worldview and it's about time they have their voice heard in public schools.

Leslie said...

Impressive how Rep. Bergevin can pack that many unfounded assumptionss and logical fallacies in one short passage.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, did you think only some states harbored the champions of ignorance?
kids: who invented Geometry?
me: people who lived thousands of years ago, trying to understand the world.
kids: why did they waste their time?
me: no tv?
kids? wow, so if they had tv we wouldn't have to do geometry?
one kid (bless him!): if they didn't invent geometry, nobody would have tv.
Without ignorance, we'd be out of a job.