[Taxacom] evolution education
jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Thu Feb 3 11:57:17 CST 2011
I'll agree to disagree. My view is that scientific theories (stories, scenarios, models, classifications) are claims about reality. Yes they are open to refutation (but when is something really refuted/), but they are still assertions or predictions about the real nature of reality as accessible through scientific methods. I acknowledge that others will see things differently.
From: Richard Zander [mailto:Richard.Zander at mobot.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 11:40 AM
To: John Grehan; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] evolution education
Scenarios or stories are not metaphysical claims on reality, but are scientific theories, which are refutable or may be supported by additional evidence (predictivity). Cladists do not have theories, but instead have metaphysical claims on reality, e.g. "shared ancestor" made us all.
One of the best ways to advance an argument is to accuse your opponent of your own failings, which is sure to fluster them.
Of course one of the nice things about Taxacom is that rhetoric and polemics are censored by reviewers AFTER publication, not before. :)
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of John Grehan
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 7:55 AM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] evolution education
'Scenario' is the right the right term and the problem. Scenarios or stories are just that. But where stories are generated by science the focus should be on the science, not the story which itself is not science, but a metaphysical claim about reality. So long as the teaching of evolution is focused on the stories and not the science it will be a mess.
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