Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999

WHAT DO THEY FEAR?

September 7, 1999

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To the editor:

While I was growing up, I was taught about the theory of evolution in all of my science classes. None of my teachers mentioned the so-called "creationist" theory. In fact, the teachers all taught evolution as if it were an absolute, proven fact. My children have experienced the same thing here in the Lawrence school system. This teaching of theory as fact has always seemed amusing to me. No one I know argues against the concept of micro-evolution, namely that a species may change in response to its environment -- see the white to black moths of England -- because the evidence is obvious and demonstratable. Please note that this change did not take millions of years but occurred in a relatively short time span. But, no one during my life has ever come forward with similar proof of macro-evolution -- the changing of one species into a separate and distinct species. Yet, we find macro-evolution defended as if it were fact and almost as if it were the holy grail of science. Please note, even Einstein's theories of relativity are still taught as theories because not all aspects of them have been proven even though most scientists accept the theories as "fact". Why, then, do so-called "scientific" people object to the board suggesting that evolution should be taught more as a theory instead of presented as a proven and established fact? What are they afraid of?

Brent Garner,

Lawrence.

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