Evolution versus Creationism Discussion

James H. Beach jhbeach at IBM.NET
Wed Apr 22 15:34:26 CDT 1998

Ok! Mea Culpa. I pulled the trigger too soon on this thread, so debate away!

-- Jim Beach

At 10:58 AM 4/22/98 -0700, you wrote:
>With all due respect to the Taxacom's father, as a mere subscriber, I
>invite continued discussion and commentary about the ***NAS*** report on
>evolution.  The fact that the previous poster mentioned the word
>"creationism", comparing his concern about how he perceived the NAS
>treatment of evolution (as non-science) to creationism's non-science is
>hardly a discussion devolved into an evolution vs creationism debate.
>His comments could have stood on their own legs even without his
>sidetrack comparison (which I reproduce far below) with creationism.
>So, please, if you wish to review the NAS publication on teaching
>evolution, and to comment here, I certainly would like to know what you
>think of their publication.
>As the NAS publication asserts, it is not about the
>creationism/evolution debate. It's about providing a coherent teaching
>plan for various levels of K-12. Systematists surely can relate to that
>and discuss it, leaving out the creationism issue unless it is
>specifically brought up in the NAS publication itself, and the reviewer
>feels it should be commented upon in that context.
>Later, when the NAS publishes on creationism, maybe that should be
>reviewed here as well?
>On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, James H. Beach wrote:
>> I would like to put a cap on the inevitable debate that would otherwise now
>> ensue about evolution versus creationism.  Taxacom is not the best place
>> for this.  Thank you.
>> Jim Beach
>> Listowner of Taxacom
>> At 12:30 PM 4/22/98 -0400, you wrote:
>     ...cut, cut...
>> >As far as I am able to discern, evolution is generally taught as a
>> >which focuses on the
>> >assertion that certain things are true, and as such, is a mirror image to
>> >the Creationists who apply
>> >the same strategy.
>     ...cut, cut...
>> >John Grehan


James H. Beach
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