Doug Yanega dyanega at mono.icb.ufmg.br
Fri Aug 7 06:43:20 EDT 1998

Hopefully, this will be the last I feel compelled to write on this, as it
is now getting too far afield.
Neil Jones wrote:

>Why in some parts of the US should scientific textbooks be forced
>to carry  mystical medieval disclaimers because of the unprovable beliefs
>of certain religious people?

Because evolution has shaped people to believe in mystical forces to
explain things they do not understand?

John Grehan responded (in part):

>As a result, creationists could have
>been offerred the same criteria for acceptance of their work - i.e. treat
>creationists by the same criteria that scientists treat each other

Actually, they WERE treated by the same criteria - even going so far as to
call themselves "Creation Scientists" so as to invite the application of
scientific standards to their work - and have so far failed to produce a
single result to support their positions. That is the beauty of science, in
one respect - frauds will always be found out in the end, whether it's
something like cold fusion, dowsing, or creationism.

Can we close this thread down now?

Doug Yanega    Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,
Univ. Fed. de Minas Gerais, Cx.P. 486, 30.161-970 Belo Horizonte, MG   BRAZIL
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