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  •  Not as controversial now as it was then. (1+ / 0-)
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    It was very controversial in Darwin's time. We've got to keep it in historical context. These days, deniers of evolution are the minority, but that doesn't stop them from effecting school policy in Texas where somehow the school board was hijacked by the religious right.

    It's very valid to point out that during Darwin's time the concept of evolution directly contradicted a long held belief system that continues to this day. Otherwise there would have been no controversy in his time at all. But there clearly was, and it effected him so deeply that he delayed in publishing his ideas for over a decade after writing his first book.

    Read, Darwin's biography. The controversy was a very real part of his life leading up to the publication of his first book and all the way up until his death.

    "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 11:29:16 PM PDT

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    •  Oy. (3+ / 0-)
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      It was very controversial in Darwin's time.

      No shit. This has what to do with biology?


      We've got to keep it in historical context.

      Not in biology class we don't.

      Wake up: "Teach the controversy" is a creationist strategy. You are not helping matters by fervently demanding that science classes be loaded with anti-science bullshit or history classes be full of fictional nonsense. Is it too much to ask that you not advocate teaching creationism?

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