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Flintstones And Dinosaurs Lived Together Say Britons

A recent survey taken on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin revealed only 50% of people in the United Kingdom believe in the theory of evolution, and half of those who believe it have doubts. About 12% prefer creationism and the remainder have a mish mosh of ideas that incorporate evolution, creationism, and intelligent design with a bit of belief that the Flintsone family co-existed with the era of dinosaurs. Evolution is based on countless repeated studies which prove conclusively the concept of an evolutionary process that has been unfolding on this planet for millions of years, but some prefer trying to mask their religious beliefs in the cloak of pseudo-science.

There is no question that creationists are most prevalent in the United States and perhaps in Australia, and their voice is strong enough to force many school districts to bring in ideas about creationism. We await the time when the Flat Earth group will be strong enough to force school districts to teach that this planet is really a flat Earth and one can fall off it if not paying attention.

P.S. My question to Creationists who believe the Earth is only 10,000 years or so is what happened to the dinosaurs?

British Science Teachers Not Too Scientific

We are living in the 21st century, but at least one-fourth of science teachers in British schools are still interested in teaching medieval ideas about the origin of the world. An Ipsos/Mori poll of 923 primary and secondary teachers revealed 29% agreed with the statement: “Along side the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons.” Professor Richard Dawkins, among the leading scientific theorists, termed the findings “a national disgrace.” Actually, teachers who want to teach creationism also disagree with educational guidelines concerning the teaching of science. Many teachers appear to support the ideas of Professor Michael Reiss who believes teachers should “discuss” creationism because many students believe in it and their feelings should be respected. According to Reiss, “just because something lacks scientific support doesn’t seem to me a sufficient reason to omit it from a science lesson.”

Professor Reiss is undoubtedly a sincere individual who is concerned with the feelings of children. However, according to his views on teaching, the “flat Earth” theory should be “discussed” in classes along with exploring ideas about witches and goblins and so on. Of course, Nazi science also had its views about evolution and human existence, does the good professor advocate “discussing” Nazi science? After all, there are neo-Nazi groups who believe in the science of Nazism.

Creationism In The Classroom? Yes, Says UK Scientist

A leading British scientist has called for teaching creationism in the classroom because at least ten percent of students enter education with such beliefs. Professor Michal Reiss, director of education at the Royal Society, called for discussions about this concept, but not teaching it as a subject. “I’m trying to make it less likely that students will ignore science, that they will detach from it, because it makes them f eel that they can not continue with science because it conflicts with their beliefs.” He argues there are an increasing number of Muslim students who have been raised in fundamentalist homes in which they are taught the Earth is only a few thousand years old and was created by God.

Professor Lewis Wolpert of University College London, responded: “Creationism is based on faith and has nothing to do with science, and it should not be taught in science classes.” Of course, the entire idea of creationism is based on ignorance and lacks any scientific validity, but Michael Reiss raises the question as to whether it should be confronted in schools. Perhaps, instead of science classes it should be discussed in history since it does represent a modern manifestation of ignorance, much as cultural discrimination.