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  • Professors defend evolution in Texas classrooms

    Professors defend evolution in Texas classrooms

    By Daniel Oppenheimer
    Daniel Oppenheimer
    Published: Dec. 9, 2009

    In the ongoing struggle over how to teach evolution in the Texas public schools, faculty in the College of Natural Sciences are playing an increasingly significant role as advocates of evolutionary science.

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      ev said on Jan. 22, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.
      It's really depressing to see/hear people argue religious mythology as literal truth. They can argue evolution all they want - for most of us the genesis of life is never going to have any practical importance. Trouble is, the only reason to get rid of evolution is because it conflicts with mythological accounts. This is clearly a bad thing for anyone who does, or might, want to make the genesis of life something relevant to their career.
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      kris maxwell said on Dec. 15, 2009 at 2:36 p.m.
      I am all for academic freedom of inquiry. Sure, let's treat evolutionary theory with a grain of salt. After all, science is not about dogma, but about a continuing quest to better our understanding of the ways things work. And let us also turn this critical eye toward the competing theories of the way the world works, and demand an equally high level of experimental evidence to support them. I am sure under those conditions, these competing models will stand up really well and not be a waste of students' attention, teachers' time and schools' budgets for textbooks.
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