If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Monday, January 17, 2011

The disgraceful results of this poll shows why Christians must never be allowed to teach biology.

There are extremely rare exceptions (for example Ken Miller of Brown University) but usually it would be a terrible mistake and unfair to students to let a Christian teach a biology class. They're just too god-soaked to understand simple scientific concepts like natural selection.

Only 28% of American biology teachers accept evolution (the central concept of biology) without invoking a god's magic wand to explain it. That's worse than disgraceful. It means 72% of biology teachers are not qualified to teach biology. It also means 72% of high school biology students are stuck with idiot teachers who deserve to be fired and publicly humiliated.

I recently found an excellent blog owned by an evolutionary biologist. He talks about the same problem here: Epic Fail: Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms

Also interesting and equally disgusting is the percentage of non-scientists in America who accept evolution without supernatural magic. In this poll it's only 13%. A more recent poll shows a slight improvement, 16%. This means 84% of Americans are scientifically illiterate and too cowardly to accept basic scientific facts. The problem is religious brainwashing. Biology teachers who don't know anything about biology are also a problem. The child abuse from preachers and parents is not easy to fix, but most certainly America can fix the incompetent teacher problem. Just throw all Christian science teachers out the window.

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