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Friday, December 16, 2005

Creationists lose

As Pharyngula has reported, the Minnetonka School Board has rejected an attempt to water down science standards put forward by some Creationists. It really sounds like the school board has their stuff together, which is good news for students.

Teaching that scientific theories can change is important, but why don't we stick to when one scientific theory supplants another one? The Newtonian physics/Theory of Relativity is a perfect, noncontroversial example: Newtonian physics worked very well for mundane data, but once science had advanced to the point where experiments were conducted using high-speed and high-energy particles, the data didn't fit the equations. Thus, relativity stepped into the void. If students need an example of theories adapting, there you go.

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