Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St Louis, Missouri. It’s titled Media, academia biased against alternative scientific theories. The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Kevin. We’ll give you some excerpts from his letter, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this].
He begins by referring to an earlier column written by a different Kevin:
Kevin McDermott’s column “Medieval America” (Feb. 24) says, “The theory of evolution… has virtually complete support among the world’s scientists.”
Today’s Kevin didn’t like that column. He says:
I can provide McDermott a list of thousands of trained, degreed scientists who support neither Darwin’s theory of inter-species evolution nor the theory of human-induced global warming.
Ooooooooooooh! He’s got a list! We’re in trouble now. After that he tells us:
The reasons most Americans never hear about the science-based alternative theories is that the news media, academia and governments are biased against them, making it challenging for them to be widely distributed.
Egad, they’re all biased! We’re so fortunate that Kevin is courageous enough to speak out and tell us The Truth™. He continues:
Our entire public education system is biased against alternative theories and requires students to accept theories of inter-species evolution and human-induced global warming as scientific facts rather than theories.
This is an outrage! Let’s read on, as he continues to criticize the other Kevin’s column:
Mr. McDermott’s statement that human-induced global warming “isn’t significantly more debatable than the theory of gravity” shows his fundamental misunderstanding of science.
Fortunately, today’s Kevin does understand science. He explains:
The scientific method depends on experiments to confirm theories. This can easily be done in the case of gravity, and no sane person would argue against it.
On Earth, yes. But elsewhere? Has Kevin tested gravity on Uranus? Anyway, he ends his letter with this:
However, theories of human-induced global warming and inter-species evolution have not been confirmed with experimentation. Science itself, by definition, relegates these ideas to debatable “theories.”
Wow! If they’re only theories, then phooey on them! Great letter!
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