You admitted that you never learned anything about the theory of evolution, yet I picked up doubt everywhere in your posts and your tone. This is like me doubting the germ theory of disease, a theory I know very little of.
But to answer your question, noone is trying to promote evolution. It is taught alongside with theory of gravity, kepler's laws, genetics, cellular mitosis and meiosis, etc. If you considering teaching something is promoting it, then yes we are promoting it.
Before you go on, ask yourself this question. What do you know about evolution? Do you think you know as much about it as the people that have spent a lifetime studying it? I am not asking you to accept it on blind faith. What I am asking you to do is consider it as a possibility, nothing more.
quote:Many say it's fact, and has been proven.
See? This statement alone tells me you know next to nothing about the theory and concept of evolution and how it is approached by science minded people.
quote:I mean, you already have it infiltrating the school system...
Would you consider the teaching of gravitational theory an infiltration of physics into our school system?
quote:I would like to see a debate arise about wether 10+10=20.
You'd be amazed how many debates out there revolve around basic arithmetics.
quote:You wouldn't see a mathematician going haywire on a forum, because someone said 10+10=30.
No, but some may go haywire on more abstract mathematical concepts, just like I might go haywire on misconceptions in physics.
quote:Because there's no threat to his belief that 10+10=20, because that's set in stone.
Not if he has to go up in front of a court to testify why 10+10=20 is fact to prevent the 10+10=30 people from teaching their "alternative" math.
quote:Why is it so critical people believe it?
It's not, just like it's not critical at all that you believe in entanglement or not. But we live in an age where everyone has an opinion on everything, and many people seem to think science is a democracy. It's not. Take you, for example. You admitted not to learn anything about the theory of evolution, yet you've dismissed it off hand just like that.
quote:What happens to us if we don't believe it?
Nothing, really. Just stop using anti-biotics if you choose not to believe in evolution.
quote:If I die without ever believing evolution, how much worse off am I than if you die believing it? - Well, without God, our bodies just recycle into the ground, and we become part of the earth. Nothing happening after we die. Unless there's some new evolutionary thinking of what happens after we die that I didn't hear about. So the reason for such promotion of evolution can't be to save me from something terrible.
So, in other words, it's wistful thinking that gave you doubt, yes?
quote:Would 10+10=30 if mathematics weren't promoted in school?
Sure, it would. My 3 year old nephew wouldn't know the difference.