Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Jeb Bush thinks evolution shouldn't be taught

As quoted in the Miami Herald:

The Watchdog Report asked a follow-up question: Does the governor believe in Darwin's theory of evolution?

Bush said: ``Yeah, but I don't think it should actually be part of the curriculum, to be honest with you. And people have different points of view and they can be discussed at school, but it does not need to be in the curriculum.''

There's no word on whether this opinion is backed by the Mystical Warrior Chang.

It is surprising that he says he believes in it.


dj said...

This seems like a smart move for governor Bush. Evolution, even though it is supported by the US goverment, is not science. According to Webster, science ishe total collection of knowledge gained through man's observations of the physical world. Since no human has witness an evolution of any creature it is safe to say at this time evolution is more of a religion then a science. Jeb being an evolutionist??? Unbelivable.

Einzige said...


Somehow I doubt you're going to actually read this or respond to it, but I'll ask anyway.

What is your definition of "evolution"? By my definition, we "witness" it every year, as new flu strains are evolving all the time.

Do you deny the science of genetics? How about the experience of, for example, dog breeders?

If evolution is religion, then that puts it on a par with Christianity and Islam, doesn't it? I presume you are a Christian, so aren't you a fan of religion?

Jim Lippard said...

dj: Which are you saying is the smart move for Jeb Bush? Believing in evolution, saying that he believes in evolution, not wanting evolution to be part of the curriculum, or saying that he doesn't want evolution to be part of the curriculum?

Your Webster definition is a very poor one--it is really a definition of the end product of science, not science itself, and it is focused narrowly on one particular aspect of scientific methodology. Science allows other methods of testing besides direct observation with the naked eye.

Evolution *has* been observed in the wild and in the laboratory.

Einzige said...

Oh, and by the way, dj, BOO-YAH!

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, buddy!

(Too bad he's probably not going to read this, anyway...)

dj said...

einzige i have one thing to say,

Этой реакцией если компьютер, котор вы используете позволяет его
должна быть двойная реакция. Да, я прочитал его.

(if you cant read it sorry, your cpu is a foreing one i guess)

Jim, saying he believed in evolution was stupid in a mainly catholic populated state. Not allowing Evolution in schools is the smart decision.

Jim Lippard said...

The Roman Catholic Church doesn't have a problem with evolution.


Einzige said...


I assert that my Russian is quite rusty, so I can't be sure how to interpret what you're saying.

Are you saying that my reaction was a misinterpretation of your post, or that perhaps your response to the original post should be reconsidered?

Or maybe you're saying that you're not sure how to interpret my response to your response, since this medium of communication (via computer) is prone to misinterpretation?

Thanks for coming back, reading it, and responding, though!