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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 14 2008,09:44   

Texas has an avowed antievolutionist and IDC advocate as its chair of the State Board of Education. The board itself has enough antievolutionists to set whatever policy they like. Texas state textbook decisions can change textbook content through the nation.

There are plenty of issues that are expected to play out in the coming year in Texas. This thread is for collecting the news and handling the comments on all that.

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 14 2008,09:45   

The Houston Chronicle endorsed Laura Ewing for the District 7 SBOE position. Bob O'H posted a comment on my blog questioning Ewing's position on antievolution, and Ewing has responded there.

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Texas Teach



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 14 2008,16:39   

Wesley, do you know if there's a good break-down somewhere of who's running for each district and where they stand on this?

ETA: 100!

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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 14 2008,16:42   

wow laura ewing sure pwned bob.  get some.  bacteria and anti-biotics.  yeah!

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 15 2008,11:09   

It's going to get ugly

   
Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 15 2008,16:15   

This from J. Spaceman on TalkOrigins news group

October 15, 2008

AUSTIN - Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today sharply
criticized the inclusion of three strident evolution opponents,
including two authors of an anti-evolution textbook, on a panel that
will review proposed new science curriculum standards for Texas public
schools. The inclusion of the two textbook authors raises serious
questions about conflicts of interest and whether political agendas
took priority over giving Texas students a 21st-century science
education, Miller said.

“It’s simply stunning that any state board members would even consider
appointing authors of an anti-evolution textbook to a panel of
scientists,” she said. “Are they coming here to help write good
science standards or to drum up a market for their lousy textbook?”

The textbook, Explore Evolution, is intended for secondary schools and
colleges, according to its U.S. distributor, the anti-evolution
Discovery Institute in Seattle. Because of that, the State Board of
Education could consider it for the state’s approved list of science
textbooks in 2011.

The two authors are Stephen Meyer, who is vice president of the
Discovery Institute, and Ralph Seelke, a professor of the department
of biology and earth sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
A third panel member, Charles Garner, is a professor of chemistry at
Baylor University in Waco.

All three are supporters of the anti-evolution concept “intelligent
design”/creationism and have signed the Discovery Institute’s “Dissent
from Darwinism” statement. In addition to their textbook, Meyer and
Seelke testified in 2005 against evolution in hearings called by
religious conservatives who controlled the Kansas State Board of
Education.
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Read it at http://www.tfn.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5455

PZ Mierz has more at http://scienceblogs.com/pharyng...._in.php

Edited by Dr.GH on Oct. 15 2008,14:17

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Fross



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 21 2008,20:25   

sorry.  I leave TX for a few years and it all goes to sh@#

I think we're doing alright here in NC though.  :)

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 25 2008,01:00   

As a native of Texas, I am naturally VERY concerned about the status of science education here. Boy, am I going to be biting my nails for the next year or two, at least!

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 25 2008,11:26   

Alan Leshner in the Houston Chronicle.

refers to Discovery Institute fellow Steven Meyer as

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a leader of the "intelligent design" religious campaign


I'm surprised the DI hasn't leapt to decry such a "mischaracterization!"

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 27 2008,00:19   

I suppose we'll all have to familiarize ourselves with the events going on in Texas, since there's just nothing going on in the rest of the ID world. I'll try to read some articles about it Monday.

   
Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 29 2008,08:42   

Getting involved in Texas: how to join the organizations helping to make a difference.

More DI Misinformation. Rob Crowther tries to say that calling the same old arguments a different name makes it all better.

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 29 2008,12:43   

AAAS Addresses Texas Science Standards. AAAS CEO Alan Leshner published an op-ed in the October 22 Houston Chronicle that was critical of efforts by some members of the Texas State Board of Education to water down the teaching of evolution in revisions to the state science standards.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 29 2008,13:32   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Oct. 29 2008,07:42)
Getting involved in Texas: how to join the organizations helping to make a difference.

More DI Misinformation. Rob Crowther tries to say that calling the same old arguments a different name makes it all better.

cdesign proponentsists all over again?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 30 2008,11:04   

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 07 2008,10:08   

The Disco institute links to reviews of the proposed Texas science standards. I read (well, sort of) Meyer's and Garner's reviews - now I feel sick.

A highlight from Garner's review:

   
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About Section 7: Evolution
The section in the proposed TEKS dealing with biological evolution has been greatly expanded (from two expectations in the current TEKS to five in the draft), probably reflecting the influence of outside groups who are frustrated with the general public’s skepticism about the more speculative claims of the theory. Although minor degrees of evolution are strongly supported by direct evidence (e.g., antibiotic resistance), the significant amount of evidence for greater degrees of change (i.e., major changes between groups) is necessarily circumstantial in nature. Circumstantial evidence supports conclusions of “the evidence is consistent with…” rather than “the evidence demonstrates that…” These limitations should be made clear in the presentation of this subject, and indeed in any field based on circumstantial evidence. In addition, in my experience and that of many objective scientists, assumptions and speculation are more common in evolutionary biology than in perhaps any other field of science. Many published reports that mention evolution are not in fact evidence for evolution at all; rather, they simply attribute their observations to the process or interpret their data assuming it to be true. In many papers, there appears to be no need to invoke evolution to explain the results, but the authors feel obliged to make their belief in the theory evident as a kind of scientific political correctness. Much has been said about how “science classes should be limited to science, not religion,” and I entirely agree. But speculation and assumptions are not science either. At the very least, assumptions should be identified as such. I am entirely supportive of teaching more about evolution in high school biology IF what is known versus what is speculated or assumed are clearly identified as such, and if the limitations of circumstantial evidence are clearly discussed. This could be accomplished if the TEKS apply a standard requiring that the “strengths and weaknesses” be learned by students.


Meyer's is even worse. Compared to him Garner is open an honest about his intentions.

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Thus, a realistic [computer] simulation [of evolution] would allow the program, OS, and hardware to be affected in a random fashion." GilDodgen, Frilly shirt owner

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 07 2008,10:58   

Quote (JLT @ Nov. 07 2008,10:08)
The Disco institute links to reviews of the proposed Texas science standards. I read (well, sort of) Meyer's and Garner's reviews - now I feel sick.

A highlight from Garner's review:

   
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About Section 7: Evolution
The section in the proposed TEKS dealing with biological evolution has been greatly expanded (from two expectations in the current TEKS to five in the draft), probably reflecting the influence of outside groups who are frustrated with the general public’s skepticism about the more speculative claims of the theory. Although minor degrees of evolution are strongly supported by direct evidence (e.g., antibiotic resistance), the significant amount of evidence for greater degrees of change (i.e., major changes between groups) is necessarily circumstantial in nature. Circumstantial evidence supports conclusions of “the evidence is consistent with…” rather than “the evidence demonstrates that…” These limitations should be made clear in the presentation of this subject, and indeed in any field based on circumstantial evidence. In addition, in my experience and that of many objective scientists, assumptions and speculation are more common in evolutionary biology than in perhaps any other field of science. Many published reports that mention evolution are not in fact evidence for evolution at all; rather, they simply attribute their observations to the process or interpret their data assuming it to be true. In many papers, there appears to be no need to invoke evolution to explain the results, but the authors feel obliged to make their belief in the theory evident as a kind of scientific political correctness. Much has been said about how “science classes should be limited to science, not religion,” and I entirely agree. But speculation and assumptions are not science either. At the very least, assumptions should be identified as such. I am entirely supportive of teaching more about evolution in high school biology IF what is known versus what is speculated or assumed are clearly identified as such, and if the limitations of circumstantial evidence are clearly discussed. This could be accomplished if the TEKS apply a standard requiring that the “strengths and weaknesses” be learned by students.


Meyer's is even worse. Compared to him Garner is open an honest about his intentions.

God damn it why won't these people just go AWAY.

It really is sickening watching these childish tactics of pretending you don't really mean what you mean. WE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO, IT HASN'T ESCAPED OUR ATTENTION THAT CREATIONISTS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO IT FOR DECADES, THAT YOU'RE ALL BASICALLY CREATIONISTS, AND THAT YOU SAID TEN YEARS AGO, ON PAPER, THAT YOU WERE GOING TO DO THIS IN THE NAME OF GOD. You lying scumbags.

The more they do it, the less I believe in their god, who should totally be frying their asses with holy lightning.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 11 2008,13:10   

The Texas SBOE is holding its first public hearing on curriculum standards on Wednesday, Nov 19th. This session includes the opportunity for public comment.

If you are in or near Austin, TX, please come and testify. The Texas Freedom Network has all the info you need to do so nicely consolidated, so contact them if you are interested (even if you have no interest in their political stance). You are required to register with the SBOE either Friday or Monday (Nov. 14 and 17) if you want to testify.

Hearings start at 9:00 am. The portion of the hearings relevant to evolution are scheduled for the end, which should be well after lunch. However, some shenanigans are likely, so show up early because it is possible for them to table everything and go right to the public testimony.

That said, I'm planning on testifying, and I wonder what y'all think I should talk about. We only get 3 minutes. I was thinking about hitting the Dover trap idea, and pointing out that since the supposed 'weaknesses' are present only in creationist literature, and have no presence in actual scientific discourse, that lost lawsuits are an inevitability. This would only hurt local school districts and the kids. If I go this route, I'm considering pointing out that past public statements by SBOE board member(s) also leave a religious trail that any lawyer can follow, which makes the inevitable lawsuits even more perilous for local schools. I'm not sure if that would help or hurt, though.

I was also thinking doing the St. Augustine thing, and proclaiming that broadcasting empirical statements that are blatantly false only hurts one's religion by making its proponents seem foolish. I thought that this might be a good rhetorical strategy because the underlying motivations behind all this mess are undeniably religious. However, I'm not sure my heart would be in that argument, since I don't honestly wish for the continued health of religion.

Whadda y'all think?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 11 2008,13:29   

Any half-way competent intellectual property lawyer is going to be able to demonstrate that the arguments presented by the antievolutionists as "weaknesses" fall into two classes: misrepresentations of scientific findings (telling falsehoods to students serves no secular purpose) or the very same arguments found only in the ensemble of religious antievolution arguments. By copious IP case law, the latter will then be treated by the court as derivative works; the religious antievolutionists cannot shed the history of the ensemble of arguments by the dodge of saying, "But we're only talking about science now." I don't mind laying this out in the open, because I see no escape on this point: either the religious antievolutionists give up the arguments they have used in the past or they reveal their agenda thereby. Practically, they can't give up their past arguments, because that is all they've got.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 11 2008,15:13   

Quote (J. G. Cox @ Nov. 11 2008,11:10)
The Texas SBOE is holding its first public hearing on curriculum standards on Wednesday, Nov 19th. This session includes the opportunity for public comment.

If you are in or near Austin, TX, please come and testify. The Texas Freedom Network has all the info you need to do so nicely consolidated, so contact them if you are interested (even if you have no interest in their political stance). You are required to register with the SBOE either Friday or Monday (Nov. 14 and 17) if you want to testify.

Hearings start at 9:00 am. The portion of the hearings relevant to evolution are scheduled for the end, which should be well after lunch. However, some shenanigans are likely, so show up early because it is possible for them to table everything and go right to the public testimony.

That said, I'm planning on testifying, and I wonder what y'all think I should talk about. We only get 3 minutes. I was thinking about hitting the Dover trap idea, and pointing out that since the supposed 'weaknesses' are present only in creationist literature, and have no presence in actual scientific discourse, that lost lawsuits are an inevitability. This would only hurt local school districts and the kids. If I go this route, I'm considering pointing out that past public statements by SBOE board member(s) also leave a religious trail that any lawyer can follow, which makes the inevitable lawsuits even more perilous for local schools. I'm not sure if that would help or hurt, though.

I was also thinking doing the St. Augustine thing, and proclaiming that broadcasting empirical statements that are blatantly false only hurts one's religion by making its proponents seem foolish. I thought that this might be a good rhetorical strategy because the underlying motivations behind all this mess are undeniably religious. However, I'm not sure my heart would be in that argument, since I don't honestly wish for the continued health of religion.

Whadda y'all think?

Since you are short of time, there is a similar argument by Aquinas on science:

"In discussing questions of this kind two rules are to be observed, as Augustine teaches.  The first is, to hold to the truth of Scripture without wavering. The second is that since Holy Scripture can be explained in a multiplicity of senses, one should adhere to a particular explanation only in such measure as to be ready to abandon it if it be proved with certainty to be false, lest Holy Scripture be exposed to the ridicule of unbelievers, and obstacles be placed to their believing." - Thomas Aquinas, c.a. 1225 - 1274, Summa Theological (1273).

It is shorter than the usual quote by Augustine (which is also mentioned by Aquinas).

I like to take along a Bible, preferablely a KJV. Just after reading the Aquinas quote, I hold it up by the 3 physical pages that contain Genesis 1 through 11. The entire young earth creationist dogma reduces to their insistance on a "literal" interpretation of these three pages. They insist that the entire rest of the Bible is false if those 3 pages have any meaning other than that peculiar to YEC.

Only the most adamant athiests would agree with such a radical position, as there is no way to resolve the YEC dogma with physical reality.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 18 2008,09:44   

19 Out of 20 Science Professors Prefer Science

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2008,07:07   

That's hysterical:

 
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One of the few voices from the other side [the anti-evolution side] came from Paul Kramer, a Carrollton engineer, who said that more than 700 eminent scientists welcome the teaching of pros and cons about evolution. Not allowing debate over untested and unproven theories "seems out of place in a free society” and is reminiscent of book-burning in Nazi Germany, he said.


Source: Evolution proponents descend on State Board of Education

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2008,10:14   

Somebody should point out to that guy that "not allowing debate in the classroom" is not the same thing as not allowing debate. Debate, to have any real meaning*, has to be between people who have familiarity with the subject; students are by definition those who don't (yet) have that familiarity. Sheesh.

(*It also has to be in a format that avoids informed responses being drowned out by breathtaking inanities.)

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2008,17:42   

Quote (JLT @ Nov. 20 2008,08:07)
That's hysterical:

 
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One of the few voices from the other side [the anti-evolution side] came from Paul Kramer, a Carrollton engineer, who said that more than 700 eminent scientists welcome the teaching of pros and cons about evolution. Not allowing debate over untested and unproven theories "seems out of place in a free society” and is reminiscent of book-burning in Nazi Germany, he said.


Source: Evolution proponents descend on State Board of Education

Someone should point out that the "eminent scientists" include JAD, Berlinski, DDrr.. Dembski, Granville Sewell and many others of suspect sciencieness.

(No disrespect to Mims, Heddle, etc. who are also on that list.)

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2008,17:49   

I have made a few comments on the Star-Telegram site.

Who are you others?

If you are not posting, why not?

There has been a frequent newspaper site commenter, bobxxx, I have seen at dozens of newspaper sites who is a particularly jackassery sort. They post a little bit of pro-sciecency and a lot of anti-Christian. I am thinking that they are the "anti-Poe," a creationist trying to make us look stupid.

Edited by Dr.GH on Nov. 20 2008,15:52

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2008,14:39   

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I am thinking that they are the "anti-Poe," a creationist trying to make us look stupid.


There are certainly enough of those around.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2008,16:15   

bobxxxx is an old time denizen of world magazine blog.  i think he is the real deal, i.e. an underinformed angry rude person (who is not particularly funny, an important distinction) who just happens to be on the pro-science side.  he went to a catholic school and hated every minute of it.  he was booted from world several years ago and hasn't shown back up.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 25 2008,11:18   

I've taken a pass at listing things mentioned in the SBOE hearings on the 19th that were standard religious antievolution arguments masquerading as "weaknesses". There's even a board member commenting on a Gish Gallop served up by an antievolutionist as being "science" and just the sort of thing that the board is seeking to promote. That's going to play so well in court.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 25 2008,13:05   

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That's going to play so well in court.

I'm not an Obama fan, but I do have some hopes that his science advisers will be this side of reality from Deepshit d'Oprah.

I know a lot of IDiots were counting on the Supreme Court changing in their favor. Perhaps they should go back to their test tubes, if they have 'em.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 25 2008,14:26   

Quote (midwifetoad @ Nov. 26 2008,06:05)
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That's going to play so well in court.

I'm not an Obama fan, but I do have some hopes that his science advisers will be this side of reality from Deepshit d'Oprah.

I know a lot of IDiots were counting on the Supreme Court changing in their favor. Perhaps they should go back to their test tubes, if they have 'em.

I don't think that it was coincidental that DrDr D left UD just after the election. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody with a modicum of sense said that the only way to move forward in an Obama administration is to start to look sciency again and nix the culture war stuff.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 25 2008,18:04   

Quote (bystander @ Nov. 25 2008,12:26)
I don't think that it was coincidental that DrDr D left UD just after the election. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody with a modicum of sense said that the only way to move forward in an Obama administration is to start to look sciency again and nix the culture war stuff.

So who was the person with a modicum of sense who tipped off Dembski that he should move on?

  
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I don't think that it was coincidental that DrDr D left UD just after the election. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody with a modicum of sense said that the only way to move forward in an Obama administration is to start to look sciency again and nix the culture war stuff.

So who was the person with a modicum of sense who tipped off Dembski that he should move on?

Not doubt The Designer, who has not been identified.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2009,15:04   

A glimpse into Texas classrooms under Mercer's leadership

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 10 2009,17:55   

Hopefully things  this this won't be the future in public schools. It's disheartening.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 10 2009,19:49   

Fortunately, you can't just buy a public school in the US like you apparently can do in the UK. The news story is about a private school.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 10 2009,20:05   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Jan. 10 2009,19:49)
Fortunately, you can't just buy a public school in the US like you apparently can do in the UK. The news story is about a private school.

Which is why I noted "public" in my post. I just fear with current state erm...leadership? that we may be heading that way. Or at least throwing millions of dollars at it in law suits.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 23 2009,07:04   

I didn't get a gift for Wes for his birthday, so the best I can offer is Texas (tentatively) voting out "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution language from their science standards.

But like many last minute gifts, it's kind of subpar; new language may be added that will '...require students to evaluate the "sufficiency or insufficiency" of scientific theories about common ancestry of different species.'

Maybe I'll just get a sweater next time.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 23 2009,08:09   

I don't guarantee to wear sweater-tents.

Texas is in for a bumpy ride, it looks like. But the specific targetting of "common ancestry" should prove to work for us if any cases go to court, since they aren't going to find anybody doubting its "sufficiency" outside of the traditional religious antievolution literature.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 23 2009,18:35   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Jan. 10 2009,19:49)
Fortunately, you can't just buy a public school in the US like you apparently can do in the UK. The news story is about a private school.


You really can't do this in the UK either Wesley.

Public schools in the US are the same as "State" schools in the UK. A public school in the UK is publicly funded by the parents of the pupils. Examples include Harrow:

http://www.harrowschool.org.uk/

and Eton:

http://www.etoncollege.com/

The cost of both of these establisments would be out of reach of all but the most wealthy members of UK society (e.g.royalty).

NI is somewhat different to the rest of the UK. We still have academic selection (i.e.the so called 11 plus) and although it is supposed to be being replaced, no-one quite knows with what. There is a devisive debate currently being waged as to what will replace it.

We also segregation on religious grounds with most pupils from the protestant community attending state schools (public schools in the US). Roman Catholics mainly attend religious schools run by the Roman Catholic church (both grammer and secondary). This is collectively known as the Catholic maintained sector.

An example of a public school in NI is Campbell College:

http://www.campbellcollege.co.uk/

Nowhere near as posh as Harrow or Eton but still prestigious as far as the province goes.

Texas couldn't happen in the UK, even in NI (where YECism is rampant) as all schools are required to follow the national curriculum.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2009,09:59   

I must have dreamed this...

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SIR PETER VARDY . . .

a multi-millionaire car dealer and creationist evangelist, is offering £12m to help fund a network of state schools.

Vardy, who has a personal fortune of £75m, has already put £2m into Emmanuel College, the city technology college in Gateshead at the centre of a row over giving scientific credence to the biblical view of how the world was created.

A further £2m of the £12m he has set aside has been earmarked to establish a city academy in Middlesbrough, to open in 2003. He has also held talks with Leeds and Newcastle councils to set up further academies.

Vardy, who regularly leads the worship at the Bethany Christian Centre, an evangelical church near his home in Tyne and Wear, is keen to help the government in creating city academies — new schools in deprived areas that will have business sponsors. . .


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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2009,11:46   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Jan. 24 2009,09:59)
I must have dreamed this...

 
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SIR PETER VARDY . . .

a multi-millionaire car dealer and creationist evangelist, is offering £12m to help fund a network of state schools.

Vardy, who has a personal fortune of £75m, has already put £2m into Emmanuel College, the city technology college in Gateshead at the centre of a row over giving scientific credence to the biblical view of how the world was created.

A further £2m of the £12m he has set aside has been earmarked to establish a city academy in Middlesbrough, to open in 2003. He has also held talks with Leeds and Newcastle councils to set up further academies.

Vardy, who regularly leads the worship at the Bethany Christian Centre, an evangelical church near his home in Tyne and Wear, is keen to help the government in creating city academies — new schools in deprived areas that will have business sponsors. . .

As far as I can tell wesley, it never happened. What was proposed was that Northcliffe Comprehensve (the school in question) would close and a "Peter Vardy" one open in it's place. The plan fell through, partly due to opposition from parents:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/jan/15/features.politics

 
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Within a couple of days of the news that the council was considering the closure of Northcliffe comprehensive and the opening of another Vardy Academy, Kay Wilkinson and Tracy Morton had amassed a bulging file of information, and resolved to form Cadpag, the Conisbrough and Denaby Parents' Action Group.


 
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On Wednesday October 13, however, Doncaster's mayor served notice that Northcliffe Comprehensive would remain open, and that the Vardy plan was thereby binned


The city accademy never happened either.

That's somewhat different than making a blase statement implying that anyone can simply walk in and buy a state school in the UK. This just does not happen in this country.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2009,12:02   

Not that I am siding with all you atheists and science fascists, but I have to admit that I've met a few designers and I've never met or even heard of one that didn't want to be identified.

What about the possibility that the Designer actually created life on Earth as some sort of bootleg or knock-off? We could be a cheap Chinese replica of the real thing!

I never had these depressing-type thoughts until I learned about evolution, and I wonder what professor Davison would think? Does the Designer have to be dead, or is He just keeping a Low Profile?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2009,13:08   

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The plan fell through, partly due to opposition from parents


That's rather different from saying that it can't happen. The rules allow for the sort of thing Vardy proposed. It's a contingent outcome that it did not work out that way. The fact remains that someone can purchase a school in the UK that corresponds to what we call a public K-12 school here in the USA.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2009,14:35   

Quote (Marion Delgado @ Jan. 24 2009,12:02)
Not that I am siding with all you atheists and science fascists, but I have to admit that I've met a few designers and I've never met or even heard of one that didn't want to be identified.

What about the possibility that the Designer actually created life on Earth as some sort of bootleg or knock-off? We could be a cheap Chinese replica of the real thing!

I never had these depressing-type thoughts until I learned about evolution, and I wonder what professor Davison would think? Does the Designer have to be dead, or is He just keeping a Low Profile?

You know, that would explain a lot.  Perhaps the original spelling is "Erth" and we're just the cheap knock-off.  Seriously, that line of thought does fit with what we know of the Gnostics and the Demiurge.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2009,14:44   

Quote (Badger3k @ Jan. 25 2009,07:35)
Quote (Marion Delgado @ Jan. 24 2009,12:02)
Not that I am siding with all you atheists and science fascists, but I have to admit that I've met a few designers and I've never met or even heard of one that didn't want to be identified.

What about the possibility that the Designer actually created life on Earth as some sort of bootleg or knock-off? We could be a cheap Chinese replica of the real thing!

I never had these depressing-type thoughts until I learned about evolution, and I wonder what professor Davison would think? Does the Designer have to be dead, or is He just keeping a Low Profile?

You know, that would explain a lot.  Perhaps the original spelling is "Erth" and we're just the cheap knock-off.  Seriously, that line of thought does fit with what we know of the Gnostics and the Demiurge.

So we are like the no name brand peas from the supermarket.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 25 2009,06:18   

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The fact remains that someone can purchase a school in the UK that corresponds to what we call a public K-12 school here in the USA.


No, it's just a theory.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 25 2009,09:07   

Quote (Alan Fox @ Jan. 25 2009,06:18)
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The fact remains that someone can purchase a school in the UK that corresponds to what we call a public K-12 school here in the USA.


No, it's just a theory.

LOL

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 25 2009,14:48   

I would like to call this the theory of Budget Design, unless a literature search shows it's been already theorized/described.

As I see it, our designer would be more an imitator or reverse engineer, poorly paid, and working for a concern that depended on mass marketing for its return on investment.

And my theory makes a testable prediction, because when we find other life in the universe, it should mostly be flawed (hernias, aging, backaches, etc. etc.) but pointing to something perfectible. Because only a select few planets would have designer life, the rest will be mass-market.

As a scientific corollary, when we find perfect life, we will have located Heaven, and we can adjust our Bibles accordingly.

I'm not fit to latch professor Davison's sandals, or carry Professor Behe's coat, but I must say I am already feeling the inspiration of something "new under the sun" as Eccliastes puts it. As a bonus my theory is in accordance with the iron laws of economics as we know them.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 28 2009,07:15   

Oops! Wrong thread. Out of practice :(

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 03 2009,21:35   

Check out Collapse of a Texas Quote Mine.

Jeremy Mohn has put together extensive documentation showing how Texas SBOE chairman Don McLeroy grossly distorted the authors' intents, that McLeroy probably didn't read the sources he'd claimed to have read, and how McLeroy plagiarized a creationist website for some of his erroneous information.

(right, I understand this bit of news is on the order of dog bites man . . .)

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 03 2009,21:46   

I used to be a quote miner.

http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2006/06/and-the-winner.html


EDIT:

Here's where I identified Genesis Park as the number three internet quote mine, using talkorigins quotes, Google, and an Access database.

http://blog.darwincentral.org/2006....of-dawn

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 07 2009,14:26   

Mississippi disclaimer bill dead

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Mississippi's House Bill 25, which would have mandated the state board of education to require every textbook that discusses evolution to include a disclaimer describing evolution as "a controversial theory," died in committee on February 3, 2009, according to the state's legislative website. At present, the only state to require a textbook disclaimer about evolution is Alabama, which is currently using a disclaimer adopted in 2005. The proposed Mississippi disclaimer was evidently a hybrid of two previous versions of the Alabama disclaimer: its first paragraph is modeled on the first paragraph of the second version (adopted in 2001), while much of the remainder is modeled on the first version (adopted in 1995).



http://ncseweb.org/news....-004276

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2009,09:27   

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State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy was reappointed to a new, two-year term by Gov. Rick Perry on Friday. McLeroy, a Republican from College Station, has been on the board for nearly a decade and is one of seven members closely aligned with social conservatives.

McLeroy, a dentist, was on the losing end of a controversial board vote last month to scrap a longtime state requirement that high school teachers cover so-called "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution in science classes. McLeroy was successful in getting the board to adopt a weaker rule backed by evolution critics that says students must consider the "sufficiency or insufficiency" of Charles Darwin's tenet that living things have common ancestors. Science teacher groups will try to eliminate that requirement in a final board vote on new science curriculum standards in March.




http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archive....ir.html

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 10 2009,11:46   

Quote (csadams @ Feb. 04 2009,03:35)
Check out Collapse of a Texas Quote Mine.

Jeremy Mohn has put together extensive documentation showing how Texas SBOE chairman Don McLeroy grossly distorted the authors' intents, that McLeroy probably didn't read the sources he'd claimed to have read, and how McLeroy plagiarized a creationist website for some of his erroneous information.

(right, I understand this bit of news is on the order of dog bites man . . .)

On ID the future they've got McLeroy's performance as a podcast.
The title?
   
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Texas Board Chair Gives a Science Lesson
Last week, the Texas State Board of Education met to consider a draft of their new science standards. At the meeting, the Board’s Chair, Dr. Don McLeroy did a remarkable thing – he gave the rest of the Board a science lesson, which began when McLeroy proposed a new standard regarding evolution. Listen in to this episode of ID the Future as Dr. McLeroy lays out a compelling case for the existence of scientific controversies over evolution.


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A science lesson by someone who probably copied some of his quotes from a creationist site, including errors:

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Incidentally, this citation error appears to have originated in a  book review published in 2004 by someone named Don Moeller. All of the quotes above can also be found within that review, along with the citation error. That means, assuming that the above evidence isn't just an amazing coincidence, Dr. McLeroy actually plagiarized a list of quotes that were transcribed by someone else who was reading some other guy's review of the book that McLeroy claimed to have read.

Did you follow all of that?

Good.

So why does any of this matter? Why should you care about poor scholarship and an apparent lack of academic integrity on the part of the Chairman of the Texas Board of Education?


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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 18 2009,07:22   

McLeroy has recommended Robert Johnson's book Sowing Atheism: The National Academy of Sciences' Sinister Scheme to Teach Our Children They're Descended from Reptiles, for the Texas Board of Education's reading list.

It must be a wonderful book. For General J.C. Christian's review of it, go here; vote it up if the spirit moves you.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 18 2009,16:46   

Page problem?

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 18 2009,16:56   

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McLeroy has [URL=http://www.examiner.com/x-4275-DC-Secularism-Examiner~y2009m3d16-Things-are-getting-really-scary-in-Texas-Part-1-B

eware-the-evoatheists]recommended Robert Johnson's book[/URL] Sowing Atheism: The National Academy of Sciences' Sinister Scheme to Teach Our Children They're Descended from Reptiles, for the Texas Board of Education's reading list.

It must be a wonderful book. For General J.C. Christian's review of it, go here; vote it up if the spirit moves you.

Love it. 7 negative reviews and 2 of the three positive reviews are jokes.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 19 2009,08:17   

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House Bill 4224, introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on March 13, 2009, would, if enacted, require the Texas state board of education to restore the "strengths and weaknesses" language in the Texas state science standards. The current standards for high school biology include a requirement that reads, "The student is expected to analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information." As NCSE previously reported, in 2003 the "strengths and weaknesses" language in the standards was selectively applied by members of the board attempting to dilute the treatment of evolution in the biology textbooks then under consideration. When a panel of scientific and educational experts revised the standards, the "strengths and weaknesses" requirement was replaced with "The student is expected to analyze and evaluate scientific explanations using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing." In a close vote on January 23, 2009, the board gave its preliminary approval to a version of the standards without the "strengths and weaknesses" language; a final vote is expected at the board's March 26-27, 2009, meeting.


http://ncseweb.org/news/2009/03/weaknesses-by-back-door-texas-004648

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2009,09:18   

Don Mcelroy's website:

http://www.donmcleroy.com/

has all sorts of 'intersting' articles. Check out:

http://home.att.net/~dmcler....ign.htm

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..Conclusion



In conclusion, we have a worldview clash.  We need to chip away at the foundation of their worldview by first, demonstrating their dependence on a naturalistic philosophy and second, by demonstrating the weight of evidence that stands against Darwinism.


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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2009,09:47   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 20 2009,09:18)
Don Mcelroy's website:

http://www.donmcleroy.com/

has all sorts of 'intersting' articles. Check out:

http://home.att.net/~dmcler....ign.htm

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..Conclusion



In conclusion, we have a worldview clash.  We need to chip away at the foundation of their worldview by first, demonstrating their dependence on a naturalistic philosophy and second, by demonstrating the weight of evidence that stands against Darwinism.

He's like DaveScot without the hair, Floating Command Center, addiction to Cheesy Poofs or a brain!

I'm thinking that perhaps the Baby Jesus should send him an email and point out some of the stupidities and problems with his thinking.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2009,10:00   

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That's going to play so well in court.

I'm not an Obama fan, but I do have some hopes that his science advisers will be this side of reality from Deepshit d'Oprah.

I know a lot of IDiots were counting on the Supreme Court changing in their favor. Perhaps they should go back to their test tubes, if they have 'em.

I don't think that it was coincidental that DrDr D left UD just after the election. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody with a modicum of sense said that the only way to move forward in an Obama administration is to start to look sciency again and nix the culture war stuff.

Now that's telling and might explain DaveTards outburst to get himself booted from UD.

They'll wander the desert until the next election.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 21 2009,04:36   

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A Texas legislator is waging a war of biblical proportions against the science and education communities in the Lone Star State as he fights for a bill that would allow a private school that teaches creationism to grant a Master of Science degree in the subject.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509719,00.html

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 24 2009,12:54   

Pharyngula:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyng....int.php

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 25 2009,15:53   

CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/25/texas.evolution.teaching/

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 25 2009,16:31   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 20 2009,09:18)
Don Mcelroy's website:

http://www.donmcleroy.com/

has all sorts of 'intersting' articles. Check out:

http://home.att.net/~dmcler....ign.htm

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..Conclusion



In conclusion, we have a worldview clash.  We need to chip away at the foundation of their worldview by first, demonstrating their dependence on a naturalistic philosophy and second, by demonstrating the weight of evidence that stands against Darwinism.

He's got a 'batshit-crazy-come-back-to-haunt-me-in-court' Op-Ed:

http://www.statesman.com/opinion....it.html

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 25 2009,21:07   

Steve Schafersman live-blogged today's shenanigans proceedings of the TSBOE. One creationist lawyer (suprisingly not Casey Luskin) said the board would be sued if they took out the "strengths and weaknesses" language. Thankfully, there were some great representatives from both science and industry, but I get the feeling from the board's comments that this is largely a repeat of KBOE. They seem to have made up there minds already, so to see anything but a one vote victory would be very surprising.

The link

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,12:10   

We won!   Just crossing the BABlog right now:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastr....-barely

7-7 vote means science wins, just barely.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,12:20   

Quote (Reginald Beasley @ Mar. 26 2009,12:10)
We won!   Just crossing the BABlog right now:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastr....-barely

7-7 vote means science wins, just barely.

HAR HAR IN YOUR FACE CREATIONISTS!

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,12:31   

Quote (Reginald Beasley @ Mar. 26 2009,12:10)
We won!   Just crossing the BABlog right now:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastr....-barely

7-7 vote means science wins, just barely.

One of the pro-science board members was out today, but is expected back tomorrow.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,12:38   

ID predicts Casey Luskin will spin this into a victory.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,13:48   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 26 2009,12:38)
ID predicts Casey Luskin will spin this into a victory.

Boo! It was John West:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2009....it.html

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Texas Board Member Censors Citizen Expression at Board Meeting
Apparently Texas Board of Education member Rick Agosto isn’t just content to censor science by removing any criticisms of evolution from the science curriculum. The San Antonio Democrat even wants to prevent citizens from expressing their disagreement with that censorship. This morning Agosto demanded that some citizens quietly holding signs stating “Don’t Censor Science” at the Board meeting take down their signs. He even called on security personnel to forcibly remove the signs, but Board chair Don McElroy intervened to stop that abuse of power. Agosto’s over-the-top behavior toward non-disruptive attendees at the meeting followed his earlier denunciation of intelligent design as not being based on science. Agosto doesn’t appear to have actually read anything by intelligent design proponents, and his comments attacking intelligent design were completely gratuitous since the Board isn’t even considering adding intelligent design to the science standards. Interestingly, at yesterday’s Board meeting Agosto used his right of personal privilege to bring back non-Texan Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education to speak before the Board. Because Scott spoke at the January meeting, she was supposed to be near the bottom of the speakers’ list yesterday in order to allow new people to testify. But Agosto seems to have been more interested in hearing from arch-Darwinist Scott than hearing from his own constituents or other Texans patiently waiting to testify


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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,14:02   

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But Agosto seems to have been more interested in hearing from arch-Darwinist Scott...

Man, that arch-Darwinist rank is so far away!

I'm stuck between Neophyte and Daily Atheist ???

Yay for good news!  And now we wait for the next gopher to pop up.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,14:14   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 26 2009,13:48)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 26 2009,12:38)
ID predicts Casey Luskin will spin this into a victory.

Boo! It was John West:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2009....it.html

 
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Texas Board Member Censors Citizen Expression at Board Meeting
Apparently Texas Board of Education member Rick Agosto isn’t just content to censor science by removing any criticisms of evolution from the science curriculum. The San Antonio Democrat even wants to prevent citizens from expressing their disagreement with that censorship. This morning Agosto demanded that some citizens quietly holding signs stating “Don’t Censor Science” at the Board meeting take down their signs. He even called on security personnel to forcibly remove the signs, but Board chair Don McElroy intervened to stop that abuse of power. Agosto’s over-the-top behavior toward non-disruptive attendees at the meeting followed his earlier denunciation of intelligent design as not being based on science. Agosto doesn’t appear to have actually read anything by intelligent design proponents, and his comments attacking intelligent design were completely gratuitous since the Board isn’t even considering adding intelligent design to the science standards. Interestingly, at yesterday’s Board meeting Agosto used his right of personal privilege to bring back non-Texan Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education to speak before the Board. Because Scott spoke at the January meeting, she was supposed to be near the bottom of the speakers’ list yesterday in order to allow new people to testify. But Agosto seems to have been more interested in hearing from arch-Darwinist Scott than hearing from his own constituents or other Texans patiently waiting to testify

Typical.

The rest of the story, in part:

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BREAKING NEWS: A proposed amendment adding “strengths and weaknesses” of scientific theories back to the science standards has failed on a 7-7 vote.

11:17 - With the defeat of “strengths and weaknesses,” the board is now on to other amendments. Ms. Cargill begins.
11:20 Despite Chairman McLeroy’s repeated prohibition against signs in the hearing room (targeted at TFN members quietly holding signs saying things like “Stand Up for Science”), creationists who wanted “strengths and weaknesses” in the standards have brought a couple of bright neon signs to the hearing room today reading:

“Don’t Censor Science”

and

“No Science Censorship”

Finally, Mr. Agosto requested that Chairman McLeroy ask the creationists to withdraw their signs. He did.


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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,14:34   

Quote (carlsonjok @ Mar. 26 2009,14:14)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Mar. 26 2009,13:48)
 
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ID predicts Casey Luskin will spin this into a victory.

Boo! It was John West:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2009....it.html

 
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Texas Board Member Censors Citizen Expression at Board Meeting
Apparently Texas Board of Education member Rick Agosto isn’t just content to censor science by removing any criticisms of evolution from the science curriculum. The San Antonio Democrat even wants to prevent citizens from expressing their disagreement with that censorship. This morning Agosto demanded that some citizens quietly holding signs stating “Don’t Censor Science” at the Board meeting take down their signs. He even called on security personnel to forcibly remove the signs, but Board chair Don McElroy intervened to stop that abuse of power. Agosto’s over-the-top behavior toward non-disruptive attendees at the meeting followed his earlier denunciation of intelligent design as not being based on science. Agosto doesn’t appear to have actually read anything by intelligent design proponents, and his comments attacking intelligent design were completely gratuitous since the Board isn’t even considering adding intelligent design to the science standards. Interestingly, at yesterday’s Board meeting Agosto used his right of personal privilege to bring back non-Texan Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education to speak before the Board. Because Scott spoke at the January meeting, she was supposed to be near the bottom of the speakers’ list yesterday in order to allow new people to testify. But Agosto seems to have been more interested in hearing from arch-Darwinist Scott than hearing from his own constituents or other Texans patiently waiting to testify

Typical.

The rest of the story, in part:

 
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BREAKING NEWS: A proposed amendment adding “strengths and weaknesses” of scientific theories back to the science standards has failed on a 7-7 vote.

11:17 - With the defeat of “strengths and weaknesses,” the board is now on to other amendments. Ms. Cargill begins.
11:20 Despite Chairman McLeroy’s repeated prohibition against signs in the hearing room (targeted at TFN members quietly holding signs saying things like “Stand Up for Science”), creationists who wanted “strengths and weaknesses” in the standards have brought a couple of bright neon signs to the hearing room today reading:

“Don’t Censor Science”

and

“No Science Censorship”

Finally, Mr. Agosto requested that Chairman McLeroy ask the creationists to withdraw their signs. He did.

LOL!!!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,14:45   

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ID predicts Casey Luskin will spin this into a victory.

Boo! It was John West:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2009....it.html

   
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Texas Board Member Censors Citizen Expression at Board Meeting
Apparently Texas Board of Education member Rick Agosto isn’t just content to censor science by removing any criticisms of evolution from the science curriculum. The San Antonio Democrat even wants to prevent citizens from expressing their disagreement with that censorship. This morning Agosto demanded that some citizens quietly holding signs stating “Don’t Censor Science” at the Board meeting take down their signs. He even called on security personnel to forcibly remove the signs, but Board chair Don McElroy intervened to stop that abuse of power. Agosto’s over-the-top behavior toward non-disruptive attendees at the meeting followed his earlier denunciation of intelligent design as not being based on science. Agosto doesn’t appear to have actually read anything by intelligent design proponents, and his comments attacking intelligent design were completely gratuitous since the Board isn’t even considering adding intelligent design to the science standards. Interestingly, at yesterday’s Board meeting Agosto used his right of personal privilege to bring back non-Texan Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education to speak before the Board. Because Scott spoke at the January meeting, she was supposed to be near the bottom of the speakers’ list yesterday in order to allow new people to testify. But Agosto seems to have been more interested in hearing from arch-Darwinist Scott than hearing from his own constituents or other Texans patiently waiting to testify

Typical.

The rest of the story, in part:

   
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BREAKING NEWS: A proposed amendment adding “strengths and weaknesses” of scientific theories back to the science standards has failed on a 7-7 vote.

11:17 - With the defeat of “strengths and weaknesses,” the board is now on to other amendments. Ms. Cargill begins.
11:20 Despite Chairman McLeroy’s repeated prohibition against signs in the hearing room (targeted at TFN members quietly holding signs saying things like “Stand Up for Science”), creationists who wanted “strengths and weaknesses” in the standards have brought a couple of bright neon signs to the hearing room today reading:

“Don’t Censor Science”

and

“No Science Censorship”

Finally, Mr. Agosto requested that Chairman McLeroy ask the creationists to withdraw their signs. He did.

LOL!!!

Good old John West.  Silver tongued devil, he is.

One thing I didn't catch before was his reference (seen above) to Eugenie Scott as a "non-Texan".  Hey, Johnnie-boy, where are you and Casey Luskin from again? Seattle? Really?  Is that near Houston?

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,15:25   

One thing I didn't catch before was his reference (seen above) to Eugenie Scott as a "non-Texan".  Hey, Johnnie-boy, where are you and Casey Luskin from again? Seattle? Really?  Is that near Houston?[/quote]

B UT You seem to have forgotten that West and Luskin's body of work have earned them the IDCoveted Dumb As A Texan Award, and if you weren't an arch-Darwinist with your head in a fossil, you would know this.!

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,19:54   

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B UT You seem to have forgotten that West and Luskin's body of work have earned them the IDCoveted Dumb As A Texan Award,

Are they allowed to eat in the Baylor cafeteria?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 26 2009,20:03   

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B UT You seem to have forgotten that West and Luskin's body of work have earned them the IDCoveted Dumb As A Texan Award,

Are they allowed to eat in the Baylor cafeteria?

I think they both may be qualified to work there - but not out front dealing with the public.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 27 2009,07:53   

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Something about it reminded me of Texas - the enormous, wide, open spaces, surrounded by teeth.


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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 27 2009,14:18   

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastr....6-hours

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Well, that was fast.

Texas Board of Education creationist Barbara Cargill today proposed an amendment to the science standards saying that teachers have to tell their students there are different estimates for the age of the Universe. This is not even a veiled attempt to attack the Big Bang model of the Universe, which clearly, and through multiple lines of evidence, indicates the Universe is 13.7 +/- 0.12 billion years old.

So Ms. Cargill is right, if she means that "different estimates" range from 13.58 to 13.82 (given one standard deviation) billion years old.

But she doesn’t mean that at all, does she? If you read her website, you’ll see she’s an out-and-out creationist. She has a large number of, um, factual errors on her site that are clearly right out of the Creationist Obscurational Handbook.

Anyway, her antiscience amendment passed 11 - 3.

So tomorrow that will go to the final vote on whether it will be added to the standards or not. With such a majority voting to pass it along, it looks like it will pass, and Texas students will get their chance to learn that the Universe is 6000 years old, and when they try to get a job or do anything later in life, they will be routinely laughed at.

That’s great, Texas! Keep on keepin’ on.

So I rescind my earlier post, and tentatively (until the final vote tomorrow) submit:


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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 27 2009,17:09   

Summary from Steve Schafersman's live blogging:

   
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What is the bottom line? Did we win or lose? Neither. We got rid of the worst language, but a great deal of qualifying language remains. I am not going to claim either victory or defeat. I realize that Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute will declare complete, unqualified victory, but it is not that for them. Neither is it for us. The standards adopted were generally good, but there are several that are flawed, fortunately most in minor ways that textbook authors and publishers can deal with. I think we can work around the few flawed standards. But the point is that there shouldn't be ANY flawed standards. The science standards as submitted by the science writing teams were excellent and flaw-free. All the flaws were added by politically unscrupulous SBOE members with an extreme right-wing religious agenda to support Creationism.


Read Friday's liveblog here

As someone who has to use the standards, reading about how we get such insane language as "guidance" now becomes clear.  Even the ok standards are now a mess of impossible to parse grammar. Given the creationists on the Board, I guess we're lucky there aren't sections written in ALL CAPS.  ;)

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 27 2009,19:06   

I think textbook publishers should take up the challenge and increase coverage of the evidence for evolution. This way they acknowledge opposition, but strengthen the argument for evolution.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 27 2009,19:41   

I would like to give a shout out to Mavis Knight of Dallas who made a sincere observation that Ms Dunbar had demonstrated "statesmanship" in her compromise.

However, I would like to slam moron and creationist chair McLemore for shouting down Mrs. Knight as "indecorous" regarding her comment about Dunbar.

Unfortunately for Knight, Dunbar was merely being sly, knowing that her wordsmithing which she is self-famous for was a meaningless gesture.

However, it did point out the extreme intolerance of the creationists to any criticism.

Academic freedom to a creationist means it's OK for them to spout their nonsense and everybody else has to STFU or show TITS.  I guess.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 09 2009,12:47   

Eugenie Scott of NCSE is going to be on the NPR program Science Friday tomorrow, April 10 at 2 PM EDT, talking about what's happening in Texas.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 09 2009,18:32   

It is an incredible irony that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science pannel meets this year in Texas.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 26 2009,17:35   

The Discovery Institute apparently sent out emails asking its "friends" to support Don McLeroy, chairman of the Texas SBOE. He was nominated for a second term as chairman but
it doesn't look all that good for him.

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"Supporting those, like Don McLeroy, who take a stand for academic freedom to question evolution at personal cost is one of the most important and effective things citizens can do," said CSC Associate Director John West. "It sends a message to elected officials that expelling leaders like Dr. McLeroy because of their stance on Darwin's theory is simply not acceptable."


Now it's expellimation if elected officials vote against a creationist. I'd thought that's called democracy.
But what do I know.

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Thus, a realistic [computer] simulation [of evolution] would allow the program, OS, and hardware to be affected in a random fashion." GilDodgen, Frilly shirt owner

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2009,16:12   

McLeroy confirmation fails!

Details at TFN:

Texas Freedom Network Blog

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2009,16:49   

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McLeroy confirmation fails!

Details at TFN:

Texas Freedom Network Blog

Just came running to tell it. You gotta be quick around here...

:p

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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2009,18:36   

Quote (Lou FCD @ May 28 2009,16:49)
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McLeroy confirmation fails!

Details at TFN:

Texas Freedom Network Blog

Just came running to tell it. You gotta be quick around here...

:p

Hmmm.... It looks like Perry can still pick another yahoo however, so this is stop-gap at best.  

Come on Texans!

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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2009,19:18   

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McLeroy confirmation fails!

Details at TFN:

Texas Freedom Network Blog

Just came running to tell it. You gotta be quick around here...

:p

Hmmm.... It looks like Perry can still pick another yahoo however, so this is stop-gap at best.  

Come on Texans!

Also kind of depressing that he got a majority of yes votes. Fortunately, a simple majority doesn't cut it, but still.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2009,20:21   

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McLeroy confirmation fails!

Details at TFN:

Texas Freedom Network Blog

Just came running to tell it. You gotta be quick around here...

:p

Hmmm.... It looks like Perry can still pick another yahoo however, so this is stop-gap at best.  

Come on Texans!

Also kind of depressing that he got a majority of yes votes. Fortunately, a simple majority doesn't cut it, but still.

Split along party lines. Some Republicans could have voted for McLeroy to satisfy their voter base, knowing that he was going to be kicked out in any case. There was apparently a big letter writing campaign supporting McLeroy and this could have worried them.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2009,06:31   

I'm here in France enjoying the socialism, wine and good food.

I followed the live blog on the hotel Internet right up to the vote.  Thanks, Dan Quinn, if you were live-blogging.

With PT open in another tab, it was quick work on my MacBook Pro!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2009,15:08   

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I'm here in France enjoying the socialism, wine and good food.

I followed the live blog on the hotel Internet right up to the vote.  Thanks, Dan Quinn, if you were live-blogging.

With PT open in another tab, it was quick work on my MacBook Pro!

While in France, remember to look outside your window:

Typical French Street Scene

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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2009,16:35   

Please, J-Dog!

That's old nues.

(ba dum bing!)

  
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