Texas Decides Evolution Needs More Study, I Decide I Need Less Texas

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In Austin, creationists have managed to include several amendments aimed at casting doubt on the theory of evolution. The amendments may affect the content in science textbooks across the country.

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While the creationist groups did not manage to get the bulk of their agenda included in the State Board of Education's legislation, they did pass a few amendments casting doubt on the theory of evolution. Some tricky language, like an amendment requiring students to "analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning any data on sudden appearance and stasis and the sequential groups in the fossil record," is more insidious than it seems. When new textbooks come up for review in 2012, the board can reject books that they feel do not adequately address the issue, a key creationist talking point. And as Texas is a major buyer, textbook publishers may be forced to alter their products so as to avoid conflict with the self-proclaimed creationists on the Texas Board of Education, which could affect the rest of the country as well.

It remains to be seen if these new amendments will indeed affect science textbooks, and hopefully they'll make no difference at all. Check out Salon's article for more information from a decidedly pro-science point of view. [Salon]

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DISCUSSION

Evolution isn't a theory- It's a fact.

Natural Selection is the theory that explains the reality of evolution with an overwhelming abundance of reproducible data, models, and examples all taken from the natural world and which is derived from studies in numerous disciplines ranging from agriculture, genetics, biochemistry, geology, medicine, ecology, and paleontology, to name but a few. And contrary to popular belief, it is derived from the study and examination of living things, their interactions, and their environment, not of fossils although fossils provide a small portion of the abundant evidence that support this theory.

Creationism, in contrast, cites precisely one source, the Bible, written almost two thousand years ago by men who were mostly not even alive during the life of Jesus and the old Testament, whose authors are largely unknown.

Evolution isn't a matter of belief. It's a matter of knowledge. That's why its science unlike creationism.