In my biology class at Tennessee Temple University, I sat next to a young man from China named Daniel. During the entire first semester as he listened to the lectures, he would make paper swans — cute little origami swans. Some were so small that they could fit on the end of an eraser. I asked him why he kept making them and he told me that he was going to get engaged when he got back home. With a big smile on his face, he pulled out a picture of his girlfriend and showed it to me. I teased him by saying, “There is no way she will say yes to you,” then I asked, “What are the swans for?” He said that one tradition in China is to provide 5,000 origami swans as a symbol of your love. I thought WOW! That has to take some time. He had been working on them for eight months. I was really impressed and hoped that his labor was not in vain, if you know what I mean!
Science education is not merely about cramming students with scientific facts. Indeed, it is not primarily about facts. Good science education is about training children to think scientifically, and this involves the usual scientific processes of building hypotheses and critically testing hypotheses. Most of the scientific information given to students during high school years is not actually factual, but the result of sophisticated theoretical development of ideas over time.
This is what happens when you go to sleep at 2 AM and wake up at 4 AM for a 6 AM flight.
Paul Taylor just sent me an article by a friend of the ministry, Tas Walker. This past October the 100 -year-old Condit Dam was abandoned. To drain the reservoir behind the dam a hole was blasted in the base that allowed the reservoir to be drained completely within two hours. This huge science experiment shows great evidence of what could have happened during and after the flood!
It is a mark of respect, ironically, to be singled out by your adversary. I was surprised and a little tickled to find that PZ Myers had written a blog entitled “Also, the sharks are smarter than Eric Hovind.” Mr. Myers was apparently not impressed with the blog I wrote last week on the hybrid sharks found off the coast of Australia. You see, some scientists suggested that this hybrid shark was excellent proof for evolution; I simply pointed out that going from a shark to a shark is not evolution. True evolution would require so much more, like changing from a shark to a dog. However, Mr. Myers was quick to express his excitement over the shark discovery, saying, “This is an excellent example of evolution.”
A friend of mine, Larry Taunton, President of Fixed Point Foundation, wrote an article for USA Today on Richard Dawkins that I really enjoyed. His article was entitled, “The atheist who tried to steal Christmas”. This past Christmas Richard Dawkins was on the evangelism circuit again with a new 271-page book for young people entitled The Magic of Reality. His book is an attempt to show children that all religions are absolutely absurd fairytales.
It all started on Facebook …
I was asked to listen to a YouTube video of podcast #12 from TheThinkingAtheist channel, where the show is devoted to asking atheists this question, “Are atheists wasting their time debating the existence of God?” I couldn’t help but respond to that question.
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