Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Lynn. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Thomas Parmley, a well-known physicist and former University of Utah professor, recognized in 1996 as the U’s “Centennial Professor,” explained to a class that the biggest argument against evolution is that nothing improves on its own.
Thomas J. Parmley died in 1997, but he seems to have been a highly regarded physics professor. Was he really lecturing on biological evolution? And in doing so, did he really attack it by invoking what sounds like the Second law of thermodynamics? We have our doubts. Anyway, the Talk Origins Index to Creationist Claims has a few entries on that creationist clunker — see, e.g.: The second law of thermodynamics says that everything tends toward disorder, making evolutionary development impossible.
Lynn isn’t doing very well so far, but things may improve. She says:
A barn left unattended will eventually deteriorate and fall down, a fence ignored over time will fall apart, a garden will die and weeds will overtake the ground. Even people deteriorate if effort is not made to keep them healthy.
We were wrong. She’s still arguing about the second law. She even turns it into a doctrine of social science:
A society will fall into ignorance and become depraved if the written language is destroyed and “improvements” are not allowed to occur.
That’s a good warning, so we’ll try not to let the written language be destroyed. We don’t know what Lynn means by forbidden “improvements,” and she never gets around to telling us. We’re near the end of her letter now. She says:
The evolution of mankind is a theory, not a fact [Gasp!] and if taught in the school science classes, it should only be taught as a theory.
Ooooooooooooh! It’s only a theory. That’s good to know. And now we come to the end:
Other theories, such as creationism, should also be included in the curriculum [Hee hee!] so students can evaluate the different theories.
We assume she also favors teaching the theory of the Cosmic Aardvark. Why not? Let the children decide! Brilliant advice, Lynn!
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