At the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog we find Here, Evidently, Is How They Teach Evolution at Louisiana State University. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
If you want a taste of how and by whom evolutionary biology is being taught to college students, check this out. Prosanta Chakrabarty is an ichthyologist at Louisiana State University, and says of himself that he teaches “one of the largest evolutionary biology classes in the U.S.” Good for him, and I don’t doubt that’s true.
He refers to a video of a short speech by a college professor: Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty. It’s embedded at the Discoveroid blog article, but you don’t want to go there to see it. Our link is to the same thing at YouTube. It’s brief, covering the whole of evolution in only six minutes for a general audience. Chakrabarty does a good job. Klinghoffer, however, doesn’t like it at all. He says:
But this has got to be one of the dopiest, most simple-minded presentations of the subject that I’ve seen.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s obviously not a classroom lecture, but criticism like that from a Discoveroid creationist is high praise indeed. Then he quotes from the professor’s remarks:
[W]e’re taught to say “the theory of evolution.” There are actually many theories, and just like the process itself, the ones that best fit the data are the ones that survive to this day. The one we know best is Darwinian natural selection. That’s the process by which organisms that best fit an environment survive and get to reproduce, while those that are less fit slowly die off. And that’s it. Evolution is as simple as that, and it’s a fact. Evolution is a fact as much as the “theory of gravity.” You can prove it just as easily. You just need to look at your belly button that you share with other placental mammals, or your backbone that you share with other vertebrates, or your DNA that you share with all other life on earth. Those traits didn’t pop up in humans. They were passed down from different ancestors to all their descendants, not just us.
Fair enough. But Klinghoffer is aghast. He gives us his rebuttal:
By the same token, my car has four wheels, two axles, and runs on gasoline, like other gas-powered cars stretching back well over a century. Car models that no one wants to buy ultimately cease to be manufactured. It must be that the Ford Model T and the Volvo S70 and everything in between all “evolved” by unguided natural selection from a common ancestor. Remember, it’s a fact. Only the foolish religious fundamentalist would consider that engineering had anything to do with it.
Brilliant, huh? Let’s read on:
Professor Chakrabarty speaks with what I take to be a weary, ill-concealed [and well-deserved!] contempt for those don’t understand these matters. He teaches in the same state where the Louisiana Science Education Act was passed a little over ten years ago, and remains the law. If this is how evolution is taught to college students at LSU, imagine how it’s taught to many high school students.
O the horror! At the end, Klinghoffer praises the wonderful work of the Discoveroids:
Do you wonder, then, that educators, parents, and other residents of the state sought, under the LSEA, protection from retaliatory action for teachers who wish to add a bit of depth, some critical weighing of the evidence, to their instruction?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It was to protect the people of Louisiana from nonsense that the benevolent Discoveroids wrote their anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act, which was the model for the infamous Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA), about which see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
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