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View Diary: Let's Teach the Controversy of Evolution vs Intelligent Design **Updated with Poll question** (365 comments)

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  •  The appendix may re-seed the colon with (6+ / 0-)

    healthy bacteria after an illness.  See http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    A better point might be to say that the appendix may have a function, but it's got a high failure rate (poor "design").  Another point of poor design is the mammalian retina, which has the nerves in front of the light collecting cells, like making a camera with the wires in front of the optical sensor.

    Still, I don't much like arguing against creationism/ID point-by-point.  People who do not know science are fooled into thinking even having a "debate" means that ID has some validity and there is some "controversy".  The diarist made many good points, I just objected to the very idea of a debate.

    •  As objectionable as a debate might be . . . (0+ / 0-)

      It's still unfortunately necessary with any number of well-meaning people who are operating from a very small base of information. If "debate" doesn't suit you, then how about calling it "education"? Yeah, if folks had been paying attention in ninth grade biology, none of this would be an issue, but there are forces at work in our society working 24-7 to keep vital information from the hoi polloi (and even the hoi megaloi).

      We really need to get over our reluctance to "catapult the propaganda." The lizard-brain right has no compunction whatsoever about beating a dead horse (e.g. Benghazi!). We at least are dealing in facts and reality; reality deserves no less an effort from us than the incredible expenditures spent on lies.

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