Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Come back, Clarence, we need you

Developments on the science front, first from the NYT:
Starting this summer, the [Texas] state education board will determine the curriculum for the next decade and decide whether the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution should be taught. The benign-sounding phrase, some argue, is a reasonable effort at balance. But critics say it is a new strategy taking shape across the nation to undermine the teaching of evolution, a way for students to hear religious objections under the heading of scientific discourse.

My goodness ... the pinheads are still trying to eliminate the teaching of the basis of biology. Read it all here,
And from the neat science blog, The Loom, evolution in action:
One of the most important experiments in evolution is going on right now in a laboratory in Michigan State University. A dozen flasks full of E. coli are sloshing around on a gently rocking table. The bacteria in those flasks has been evolving since 1988--for over 44,000 generations. And because they've been so carefully observed all that time, they've revealed some important lessons about how evolution works.

And, for all of that fascinating story, click here. We can't make it into the 21st Century if we can't make it into the 20th.


Sugar Magnolia said...

Amen, Mr. Loon. I tell ya, the religious fanatics are doing their damndest to hijack the last vestige of our civilized (?) society - the hallowed halls of academia. I have been following a story in the Houston Chronicle about a "school" called the Institute for Creation Research. Seems this ESTEEMED (HaHa) destination of higher learning is appealing to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (whining is more like it) because they have been denied the authority to offer a Master of Science degree in, well, anything. Let me say that again: a Master of SCIENCE. They have been rightfully denied since creationism is NOT A SCIENCE. What will it take to get that through creationists' thick skulls (which, by the way is a marvelous byproduct of evolution). I am a scientist by trade, and yes, I DO take this personally. Thanx for bringing attention to this subject, Loon. If you want to see the latest on this soap opera, you can go to this site:

The Loon said...

Veerrry interesting news, Shug. Good link. Eternal vigilance is the price of somedamthing ... freedom from ignorance, I suppose.