Will TFN Stand Up for Science?

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Probably not.  Next Tuesday (Sep. 17, 2013), the Texas State Board of Education will hear public testimony regarding new textbooks for Texas’ state-run schools. Unfortunately for some, promoting quality science materials for all children will take a back seat to TFN-sponsored anti-creationism and global warming hysteria. TFN will lead the charge, with yet another irrational dinosaur history protest scheduled for noon outside the William B. Travis building in Austin, TX.

Anti-creationism hysteria

Many people do not know that a basic principle of the scientific method is repeatability. If you can verify a claim through repeated experimentation, then it is a scientific claim. But think about the “battles”. The creation/evolution battle is not over scientifically verifiable claims, it is a battle over how to interpret unrecorded history. The last time I checked, most thinking people define the study of the past as history, not science! People have different interpretations of the past, but so what? Why do we need to protest that? Can’t we just discuss it? All indications are that TFN and their allies are not interested in standing up for science, they are interested in defending their dogmatic interpretation of history, at all costs. How irrational and misleading!

Global warming hysteria

And think about global warming hysteria. Meteorologists can still barely produce a decent 10-day weather forecast, yet many have been suckered into “believing” long-term climate models that are not easily verifiable. Global warming hysteria is really fueled more by “futurology” than anything scientific. Fortunately, now that the hysteria has been around for a while, we have real observations to compare to speculative models. The verdict is in: the models overwhelmingly predicted higher-than-actual temperatures over the last 30 years.

A disregard for real science

But what about testable repeatable science? What about the study of epigenetics, a field that is revolutionizing all of the biological sciences? If you think of the genome (set of all your DNA) as the “ship”, it doesn’t do anything without a captain. And what is the “captain”? It’s the epigenome, a separate set of information stored in a variety of forms inside cells. Epigenetics has implications for everything from cancer to the effects of diet on human health.

Recently, I reviewed some of the Texas biology textbooks up for adoption. Amazingly, not one of the textbooks I reviewed contained information on epigenetics! In 2011, when I reviewed online materials for Texas schools, I had to go against my entire review team just to get one lousy paragraph on the epigenome into the curriculum!

Why the disregard for teaching 21st Century Science? Well, it doesn’t come from scientists, but from dinosaur history protesters. You see, epigenetics has been proposed as “an outright counterpoint to purely Mendelian inheritance” and as “the study of heritable changes in cellular phenotype, or gene expression that is initiated by factors other than changes in the DNA sequence.” (from The Epigenetic Landsape, an article in the Spring 2012 issue of In Vivo, published by the University of Texas Department of Biological Sciences). For close-minded Darwinists, “change” comes from DNA mutations alone, which is why epigenetics “raises hackles” for the irrational, unscientific horde.

Will 21st Century science be suppressed in Texas textbooks? Time will tell. All scientists would agree that 21st Century biology students should learn about epigenetics. But what about political activists, shouldn’t they agree, too? Yesterday, I called and emailed Texas Freedom Network (TFN), asking them to support teaching epigenetics in Texas textbooks. I have not heard back from them, and am not too optimistic that I will. I think they would rather spend time photoshopping dinosaurs riding horseback than pushing for better math and science education in Texas.

Pray for TFN and their allies, that they would see their folly and turn from it.  Pray that they would repent and promote liberty through Christ alone, the Author of all knowledge, and the #1 Advocate of good education for all children!

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4 Comments on “Will TFN Stand Up for Science?”

  1. Dave Says:

    I tried to be the first to comment, but my comments just disappear. I used to think you were fun; turns out you’re just another creationist $#*@^&*.

    • gensci Says:

      Hi Dave, I’m not here to serve you, I’m here to serve God. I don’t approve your comments anymore because you are being an intolerant bigot, and that’s something real Americans don’t approve of. You need to work on tolerating those who are different from you, and find some things you and I can agree on. There is A LOT we could agree on if you would try, starting with improving math and science education in America BY PROMOTING MATH AND SCIENCE education instead of politicizing it.

      Right now, in Texas, biology textbooks that are about to be approved for use over the next several years have ZERO coverage of epigenetics, the hottest topic in biological sciences right now. That is ridiculous! How will you respond? Will you encourage 21st Century science in textbooks? Yes or no? And if “no”, your comment won’t be approved (and don’t make me edit your cursing anymore, either). I’m not interested in hearing from any more anti-science naysayers.

  2. Dave Says:

    As for epigenetics, I don’t understand it enough to know whether it is an important subject or not.

    • gensci Says:

      Wow, absolutely zero effort to want to learn about epigenetics. How sad!

      Anti-intellectualism runs rampant on “your side.” You claim to be pro-science, yet you don’t even know the most important science. You are no “defender of science”, your “battle” is against God, and it has turned you into an anti-intellectual fool. The fool says in his heart “There is no God,” and you are walking proof of the veracity of that Scripture (Psalm 14:1). I wish you would reconsider, repent, and turn to Christ.


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