Why is evolution controversial after nearly two hundred years of scientific consideration?
Darwin knew many of the shortcomings of his theory. A science of history relies on indirect evidence. Lab science let’s us directly observe testing.
3:41 Alternative is God did it. When? How does it relate to the Ark?
They are strong on negative evidence, weak on positive.
Turn the tables on IDers, make creationists produce their supposed positive evidence. They have none, so don’t want to debate it that way.
Let students read both in Bio class and decide. HS Bio is boring out of a text, a debate would educate them.
The attack on Darwinian science is strong because it’s seen as an attack on morality.
Darwin born same day as Lincoln. Also was opposed to slavery.
Darwin seemed to lean toward agnosticism toward the end of his life. God could have created the natural law that put evolution into place at initial setup. The unfolding of evolution could be indirectly creating God’s design.
3:53 – morality could have arisin from evolution. It needs to, to complete the picture of the theory. Humans evolved from animals, and no devine purpose or afterlife. Animal appetites.
Bloodhound gang- nothing but mammals.
Home schooling movement, is in part to shelter children from Darwin’s theory. Earnhardt was quoted by a polisci teacher, who was then fired by his creationist’s school.
4:13 habit, tribal warfare to work in a group, but compete against other groups.
Golden rule has evolutionary advantage.
Bible doesn’t support or oppose a moral issue like slavery. Religion has been used to support slavery.
To ignore sympathy and stop the weak from reproducing, would violate human morality. Darwin married his first cousin. Birth defects were not as high as was thought in that day.
5:00 – taking questions. Why did slavery take so long to do away with in states?
Is paying a wage superior to force?
A purpose to life is to have a family. Not a cosmic purpose, not “transcendant”.
Writers should be careful to not be misinterpreted. Dawkins writes to be inflamatory.
Evil is often done for the purpose of morality.
Evidence that Bush was acting morally to bring about Revelations.
Human beings desiring power, the most dangerous people in the world are those at highest levels of power including religious institutions.
And I’m heading out.