Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Science Redefined (in Kansas)

The Kansas State Board of Education, which has always been ahead of its time, has now redefined the term "science." It used to mean this:
[T]he human activity of seeking natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us.

But now it means this:
[A] systematic method of continuing investigation that uses observation, hypothesis testing, measurement, experimentation, logical argument and theory building to lead to more adequate explanations of natural phenomena.

And here's what people think about it:
Adrian Melott, a physics professor at the University of Kansas who has long been fighting Darwin's opponents, said, "The only reason to take out 'natural explanations' is if you want to open the door to supernatural explanations."

Gerald Holton, a professor of the history of science at Harvard, said removing those two words and the framework they set means "anything goes."

Link (submitted by Mrs. TGR). All I have to say is, Citizens of Kansas: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for you have turned away from His Noodly Appendage, and don't ask for His help because He might not be there. Ramen.

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