Texas Evolution — common descent cannot explain gravity

On his live blog Steven Schafersman reports the good news, that the TEKS have been approved by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) without the “strengths and weaknesses” language — and the bad news, that the approved TEKS include several unfortunate amendments that were added yesterday.

One of the bad amendments (from McLeroy) reads:

7B: Describe the sufficiency or insufficiency of common descent to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of the fossil record.

As  discussed earlier here, (with explanatory help from Dr. Schafersman), that makes exactly as much sense as if they’d gone all the way with Ben Stein, and inserted the language to read:

7B: Describe the sufficiency or insufficiency of common descent to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of the fossil record, gravity, thermodynamics, and how life began.

I should think that a HS student would get full credit for stating that Common Descent is completely insufficient to explain sudden appearance, stasis and the sequential nature of the fossil record, just (exactly) as it is insufficient to explain gravity or thermodynamics.

But those insufficiencies provide no grounds for doubting common descent.

I generally don’t enjoy watching small, yelping animals in torment; but I must admit it will be amusing to watch how Casey Luskin will try to spin today’s developments.

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Audio files for this meeting are now available here. Based on the audio, it sounds like McLeroy’s amendment passed with this amended wording:

Describe Analyze and evaluate the sufficiency or insufficiency of common descent to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of the fossil record.

It makes even less sense that way.

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2 Comments

  1. jdg
    Posted January 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    yep. sigling out evolution probably means lawsuit.

  2. Horton
    Posted January 26, 2009 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    If I were a betting man I would give you 10 to 1 that nearly all of the Tx.SBOE members are getting ALL of their information on this issue entirely from the distorted arguements presented in their meetings. If they would take a minute to read the cover story of the latest Natioanl Geographic (What Darwin Didn’t Know) they could easily make the association of how science carefully examines the issue of evolution, and how reckless and irresponsible it is for them (SBOE)to try to discredit real science by way of a completely illogical arguement.

    -Also, are their votes confidential, or are they doing the old raise-your-hand vote that makes the group dynamic more persuasive than the facts?)


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  1. Asking For Trouble…

    By singling out evolution for special treatment, the Texas Board of Education is just asking for trouble….

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