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|By CASEY LUSKIN|
Published: February 18, 2008
Florida presently stands on the brink of adopting science standards that call evolution "the fundamental concept underlying all of biology."
While it is good that students will learn about evolution, these standards will make for bad science education because they elevate Darwin's theory to a dogma that cannot be questioned.
Unless citizens advocate for change, Florida's standards will follow the dogmatism of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which recently published a booklet, Science, Evolution,and Creationism, similarly proclaiming that "there is no scientific controversy about the basic facts of evolution" because "no new evidence is likely to alter" it.
Contrary to what the NAS asserts, there are fundamental questions among scientists about Darwinian evolution.
Darwin didn't know how the cell worked, but modern biochemists have discovered our cells contain a micro-world of molecular machines that function like a factory, or a miniature city.
Over 700 scientists have signed a statement agreeing that the integrated, organized complexity of life is not what we would expect from a random and unguided process like Darwinian evolution (see www.dissentfromdarwin.com).
As biochemist Franklin Harold observed in an Oxford University Press monograph, "there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical or cellular system, only a variety of wishful speculations."
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