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Ambivalent education


It's not the intention of this Gazette letter to beat a dead horse; however, there has been much debate about the Genesis/intelligent design/ Darwinism/Big Bang/etc. systems, and their place in education.

What is interesting is that the contentions usually end up in mudslinging and efforts to debunk the opposition, without providing good support for one's own presentment. It is a mistake to get focused on only one or a few areas of life, such that the broader picture is sacrificed for the sake of specialization. God(s) natural selection did not create/select human beings to be specialists; we have an immense amount of creative and logical capabilities to discern, discover and understand more than one approach to life. The goal of education is to educate, not socialize specific thought patterns.

Darwinism, for example, is a collection of reasonable assumptions connecting various facts. However, the facts do not espouse "you are the product of evolution." It is the reasoning we apply to connect these various facts that implies evolution has happened. Science deals with physical phenomena in an orderly and systematic manner; the system, usually a broad theory, is not always correctly applied, and sometimes is just a realization of a much more general system.
One would know that there exist perceptions based upon experience that lie outside simple physical descriptions. Darwin himself, as well as other many notable scientists, believed in a design of the universe, ergo a designer or creator.

Here in the Western world, much of our traditions and culture was started before Darwin, and many of these ancient social impulses still exist. Much of our society believes in some form of religion. Regardless of whether it is in science, history or philosophy, we adults should teach our children everything we can about modern life.

Darwin's theory does not help scientists find cures; the facts that humans share similarities with other life-forms help to find cures. Religious concepts do not help people find morality; learning about one's connections with other people, whether it's a physical or metaphysical topology, helps people find morals. These concepts do not help to support life; it is the points that these concepts are based on that we develop our lives. Apparently, we do not need any new convention centers or parks to attract new people here until those who are already here can evolve.

"Bryan "Bootsy Louis" Mitchell
Oklahoma City

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