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Mar 23, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Re: [scrapedape] Global warming denial must be taught in TN schools
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The problem is that teaching intelligent design as science is a lot like teaching waffles as math. Sure, there may be something faintly math-like in waffles, but it really REALLY isn't math.

Likewise, the "controversy" in global warming stems from issues about the longevity of the warming trend, its specific causes (e.g. humans vs. cattles vs. volcanoes), and how it can be stopped. Anybody who says that the planet is not warming is lying. The drastic 50 year change in glacial coverage is not because the earth has stayed the exact same temperature over that same period, or that it is now the same average temperature as it was 5000 years ago.

Global warming is real, its causal mechanism (e.g. the carbon dioxide greenhouse effect) is well understood. The science is not so much settled as it is under no legitimate dispute.

So really, the law states that while the teachers shouldn't shy away from controversy, they still have to present strictly scientific information. Ergo, global warming denial, intelligent design, talking about the souls of clones, these are all verboten if you want to encourage open discussion. So thanks anti-science lobbyists! That really backfired.

(This post was edited by petsfed on Mar 23, 2012, 1:42 PM)

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Post edited by petsfed () on Mar 23, 2012, 1:42 PM

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