Thursday, 31 January 2008

Texas may sanction creationism "degree"

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Buried in the middle of a story about attendances at Kentucky's Creation Museum is something even more shocking – the state of Texas may be about to approve an online master's degree in science education provided by the Texas-based Institute for Creation Research. The "degree", which has already been given preliminary approval by a Texas state advisory group, is now awaiting the final go-ahead from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Needless to say, bona fide scientists are unimpressed with this development. Alfred Gilman, dean of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center told the Dallas Morning News: "The latest round of so-called creation science truly scares me and all of my colleagues here at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Approval of this sort of nonsense as science in Texas will have a significant negative impact on our ability to attract the best minds to the state. How can Texas simultaneously launch a war on cancer and approve educational platforms that submit that the universe is 10,000 years old?"

As for museum attendances, well, who ever said Americans weren't interested in science? According to the Baptist Press, in its first eight months Kentucky's creation museum has surpassed all expectations, drawing in 300,000 visitors eager to be taught how the Earth is just thousands of years old and how dinosaurs once roamed the land alongside men.

Apparently all the media attention the "museum" received – hardly any of it complimentary – helped raise its profile and attract thousands more visitors than expected. Based on this, one could certainly present a case for just ignoring these people in future in order to avoid giving them and their nonsensical ideas any free publicity. However, as far as we're concerned we find them far too amusing to stop.


The Buzzardcheater said...

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has stalled on approving this degree. They hope to get them to change the degree to something without the word "science" in it... Given the general bent of our Governor (and hence his Board appointees), the Commissioner is in a political bind regarding this bogus institution.

Psychodiva said...

well Texas is already the laughing stock of the world- so will it make much difference- just try to get a decent science job with a 'degree' from that place lol

piti said...

Atheism is so sad. It's followers have such little faith in their beliefs that they have to attack anything that does not agree with them.

Come on atheists, darwinists and humanists, get a life! You just might be wrong!

The Hogfather said...

Following on from Piti's remarks:-

Actually I think you have hit on a common misconception about Atheism. As an Atheist I do not attack anybody who has a different view than mine. In fact I'm glad that many people do have different views.

All Atheists and Humanists accept that they could be wrong. In actual fact, it is often those with faith who have certainty.

As a rationalist I abhor Dogmatic views, particularly those associated with "truth claims" about the Universe. I am an atheist myself because I personally believe that it is the most sensible conclusion one can draw after a thorough objecive analysis of the universe we live in.

As for the charge of Atheism being "sad". Well, speaking personally, I love the world we live in, and I don't think that it needs a God in order to be the incredible and inspiring place it is. In actual fact, books like Dawkins "Unweaving the Rainbow" have inspired me far more than any religion ever has.