Thursday, March 4, 2010

Stop Calling it Global Warming

Today's NY Times has an article called "Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets"on how the climate-change skeptics are pretty much the same people who don't believe in evolution.  They're trying to change laws about what is taught in schools (again).  They want children to be taught critical thinking.  Well so do I, but I doubt we mean the same thing.  The only critiques they seem to want are those that support their faulty reasoning. They don't seem to want to look at data, but only their own prejudices.  By linking other issues to evolution they think they can bypass the criticism that they are teaching religion.  One example from a well-written article.
In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”
I may add some more to this tonight, but I have a busy day ahead.  There's much more worth saying on this topic.


Rick+ said...

     It sounds like a form of ad hominim atack, i.e., "If you don't think like me, there must be something wrong with your thinking process, not my conclusions." And of course, it is in the public schools where they look for a solution, and yet it is the public schools they blame for everything secular.

motheramelia said...

Rick, I think you're right. One of the scariest parts of the article was that Texas is considering putting that stuff into their textbooks. If they do it will impact more than Texas.