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Author Topic:   On Sowing and Reaping (Re: Science Education in Big Spring, Texas)
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From: Zerus
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Message 3 of 18 (477985)
08-10-2008 1:54 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by anglagard
08-08-2008 7:48 PM

I think the problem lies in the fact that the general population does not realize how important science is to human progress. Genetic manipulation of crops and livestock have increased food production rate by god knows how much in the last century. Just about everything that defines the modern age, especially the latter part of the 20th and the early 21st centuries, is directly related to scientific progress.
As an example, you could simply pick out any random person on the street and ask him if the internet is related at all to science. Chances are he'll either scratch his head or say "no".
As for me, I'm just waiting for the next dark age to come.
Edited by Taz, : No reason given.

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Member (Idle past 3407 days)
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From: Zerus
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Message 18 of 18 (478998)
08-22-2008 11:30 PM
Reply to: Message 17 by QED99
08-20-2008 9:45 PM

QED99 writes:
My first run-in with education in Florida was when my son came home one day from middle school and and told me that his science teacher told the class that the AIDS "bacteria" was spread by dumping infected diapers in local landfills which then contaminate the ground water, exposing everyone to the disease. "AIDS isn't caused by bacteria, is it Dad?"
First of all, I dare say that most people out there don't know the difference between a bacterium and a virus. This is why so many parents twist the arms of doctors to force them to give their kids anti-biotics for viral infections.
But more to the point... at least the teacher wasn't teaching that AIDS was god's punishment for gay people.

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