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  •  And dont forget to teach that the sun goes around (1+ / 0-)
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    the earth, because a lot of people believed that and some people were even executed for believing otherwise.  Or how about that each sperm contains a little human inside, the homunculus, because no one wanted to admit the female had an equally important biological role in creating a child.

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 04:57:21 PM PDT

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    •  We do teach that also. (1+ / 0-)
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      The whole "heliocentric" controversy is very well taught both in high school and in college textbooks and for good reason. Galileo went through hell to bring us the truth. He was persecuted by the Christians until his dying days.

      Darwin faced similar opposition to his theory.

      Why would we not teach that? Are we that fearful of ignorance that we would ban the teaching of its existence? That is itself ignorance, is it not?

      I'm glad they still teach the "heliocentric" controversy. I'm glad they still teach that many believed the Earth was flat. And I think we can add "creationism" to the long list of debunked theories in the context of history. The history of the struggle against ignorance in all areas of scientific research.

      "The little human inside" might be a tad irrelevant since it never really gained any steam. "Creationism" has done well enough to cause this diary to be written. That's relevant.

      "The government has got into the hands of the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." -- Woodrow Wilson

      by DickMacgurn on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 05:12:14 PM PDT

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      •  No problems with teaching these things in history (0+ / 0-)

        I do object when they infiltrate science and corrupt the scientific method.  Which should always ask questions, of course.

        Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

        by barbwires on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 04:06:33 PM PDT

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