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Darwin took us forward to a hilltop, from where we could look back
and see the way from which we came.
(Spencer Tracy in the movie "Inherit the wind")

x "In a child's power to master the multiplication table there is more sanctity than in all shouted out amens and holy holies and hosannas. An idea is a greater monument than the cathedral. And the advance of Man's knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the partying of the water. But now, are we to forego all this progress because [religion] threatens us with a fable?"

"Progress have never been a bargain, you have to pay for it... You can have a telephone, but you loose privacy and the charm of distance... You may conquer the air, but the birds will loose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline."

"Darwin took us forward to a hilltop, from where we could look back and see the way from which we came. But for this insight, for this knowledge, we must abandon our faith in the present poetry of Genesis."

Defense lawyer Henry Drummond (alias Clarence Darrow, played by Spencer Tracy in the movie "Inherit the wind"). View on YouTube.

x Inherit The Wind - Spencer Tracy Speech

x Dogbert and the theory of evolution, and Evolution -- a cartoon

x "IT'S A CARTOON! LAUGH & MOVE ON! Dogbert and Dilbert debate the theory of evolution. View the x video critical of evolution (?) or supporting evolution (?) by making fun of creationists' arguments against evolution? Enjoy!

You have almost reached the bottom of the page! You must now complete the Evolution worksheet quiz. Don't worry, it is not as long as the reading assignment -- it centers in on some important EDUCATIONAL items that I want to make sure all students read. "Educational", because this is what this controversy is all about: Science Education -- lack of it! These discussions can be fun and angry, but in the end what it is all about is QUALITY EDUCATION. (Your instructor's -- right to have -- opinion).

-- Maybe you need to warm the coffee?

For the record: Students are not asked to give opinions on religion or evolution. Students are asked to answer questions and fill in blanks to indicate reading of the reading assignment.

Also, the dedicated pursuit of scientific knowledge deserves our respect, and we should never be close-minded or dismissive of scientific claims if ever they seem to threaten our understanding of God's revelation to us.

There is something deep in religious belief that divides people and amplifies societal conflict.

Religion is the opium of the people.

72 virgins? Hmmm!?

It wasn't enough to burn a flag...

x I'll end with this question to those of you who still insist that evolution never happened and that we descended from Adam and Eve: Why do you deny common ancestry with the apes? If it is lack of basic science knowledge, why not just take scientists word for it? You don't trust scientists? (Hmmm!? Why do you go to college?) But you do not mind relying on science when you are sick and have to go to the hospital, right? Are you nervous every time you go to the hospital that your doctor will tell you that evolution happened? x

The cartoon is used for educational purposes by Dr. Nilsson, South Texas College, scanned, from The Monitor, McAllen.


The cartoon above is used for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES by Dr. Nilsson, South Texas College, scanned from The Monitor, McAllen

x The tennis ball is now on your side of the net... Thank you for reading what I had to say. You "reply" does not have to be as long as my "serve"! x

x Remember, we play with the net up ... x

Dr. Nilsson

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