Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stephen Jay Gould explained why the Christian assholes who are trying to destroy science education in America must be defeated.

Stephen Jay Gould (September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) was an American paleontologistevolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation.[1] Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the latter years of his life, Gould also taught biology and evolution at New York University near his home in SoHo.
Many years ago I had the good luck to see Stephen Jay Gould give a speech at the University of Chicago. The huge auditorium was packed, every seat taken and many people standing in back. He talked about evolution of course (and baseball). What I remember is he explained why it took many millions of years before life evolved beyond just bacteria, and he talked about why we were only one of several human-like ape species who lived at the same time.

In the United States of Jeebus where I live our Christian scum are constantly trying to get legislation passed to dumb down science education to accommodate the magic jeebus man. They are trying to force biology teachers to teach magical creationism (also known as magical intelligent design, magical creation science, and a few other code words for magic). Of course creationism is bullshit and of course it shouldn't be taught anywhere because child abuse is wrong. 

Here is the quote from Mr. Gould that perfectly explains why Christian assholes must never be allowed to get away with anything. I recommend you read some of his many other famous quotes at Stephen Jay Gould quotes.

Creation science has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand why it is false. What could be more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our entire intellectual heritage—good teaching—than a bill forcing our honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment to a doctrine not only known to be false, but calculated to undermine any general understanding of science as an enterprise?

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