The background on the creationism controversy at Indiana’s Ball State University can be read here: Battle of Ball State: Baboonery Abounds. We won’t bother repeating that material, but it’s essential to know what’s happening there in order to appreciate today’s letter-to-the-editor.
We thought that we might be hearing from yet another creationist faculty member, but no — not this time. We had to Google around to learn something about the author. If we found the right person, she’s a retired “Writing and Editing Professional” — but there is a Ball State connection. That’s where she graduated — with a degree in elementary education.
We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Get ready, dear reader, here we go:
Science is the study of examining and proving theories.
Aaaargh!! When the letter starts off with a two-pronged definition of science, and both prongs are wrong, we know we’re in for a rough ride. Hang on, it’ll get worse:
How everything came to be cannot be proven. Evolution and creation are both theories. One is no more valid than the other. If we choose not to discuss one because some people believe in the other, then we are only looking at half the possibilities.
Aaaargh!! How many children had this woman as their teacher, and then went on in life to be flaming ignoramuses? It’s best not to think about that. Let’s read on:
Philosophical inquiries are the basis of discovery.
Huh? That sounds as if it ought to be a meaningful sentence, but the more we think about it, the less we like it. What can we discover with a philosophical inquiry about the Prime Mover, or the nature of the soul, or a zillion other philosophical issues that have gone nowhere for 25 centuries? The principal area of philosophy that makes sense is natural philosophy, and that’s now called science. We continue:
Professor Eric Hedin taught an elective course with honors students. Are these students supposed to graduate and go into the world without knowledge of differing theories?
It’s difficult to imagine anything more absurd than spending time and paying money for an education that teaches intelligent design. Here’s more:
These two scientific theories — evolution and creation by intelligent design — belong in an advanced science class. How can one not examine existence theories when science is the study of relationships within existence? If you eliminate one, then you must also eliminate the other. Now that sounds like omitting education.
Aaaargh!! There’s more to this brilliant letter, but we’re stopping here. It seems that there’s something horrible in Indiana’s drinking water, but it’s probably too late for a mass evacuation. The damage is done.
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