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  • It amazes me that people have pre-existing notions that defy the evidence of reality.

  • But that they hold onto them so dearly. And one of them is the notion of creationism,

  • or. in fact, Senator Marco Rubio, who’s presumably a reasonably intelligent man and

  • maybe even educated, was asked what’s the age of the Earth, and ultimately, either because

  • he actually believed it or he was trying to appeal to some constituency, had to argue

  • that it’s a big mystery, that somehow we should teach kids both ideas, that the Earth

  • is 6,000 years old and that it’s 4.55 billion years old, which is what it is.

  • If you think about that, somehow saying that, well, anything goes, we shouldn't offend religious

  • beliefs by requiring kids to know - to understand reality; that’s child abuse. And if you

  • think about it, teaching kids - or allowing the notion that the earth is 6,000 years old

  • to be promulgated in schools is like teaching kids that the distance across the United States

  • is 17 feet. That’s how big an error it is.

  • Now you might say, look, a lot of people believe that, so don’t we owe it to them to allow

  • their views to be present in school? Well, as I’ve often said, the purpose of education

  • is not to validate ignorance but to overcome it. Fifty percent of the people in the United

  • States, when we probe them each year with the National Science Foundation, think that

  • the sun goes around the Earth, not that the Earth goes around the sun. When we asked the

  • question - we provide the question: The Earth goes around the sun and takes a year to do

  • it; true or false? Almost every year, 50 percent of the people get that wrong.

  • Now, does that mean in schools we should allow the anti-Galilean and Copernican idea that

  • the sun goes around the Earth to be taught? Absolutely not. If, in fact, the very fact

  • that people don’t know that, and the very fact that enough people are willing to somehow

  • believe that Earth is 6,000 years old, means we have to do a better job of teaching physics

  • and biology, not a worse job.

  • The last thing we want to do is water down the teaching of biology because some people

  • don’t recognize that evolution happened. Evolution is the basis of modern biology and,

  • in fact, if a lot of people don’t believe it, it only means we have to do a better job

  • teaching it. So once again, I repeat, the purpose of education is not to validate ignorance,

  • but to overcome it. And to overcome a situation where a United States Senator can speak such

  • manifest nonsense with impunity is vitally important to the healthy future of our society.

  • Technology and biotechnology will be the basis of our economic future. And if we allow nonsense

  • to be promulgated in the schools, we do a disservice to our students, a disservice to

  • our children, and were guaranteeing that they will fall behind in a competitive world

  • that depends upon a skilled workforce able to understand and manipulate technology and

  • science.

It amazes me that people have pre-existing notions that defy the evidence of reality.


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勞倫斯-克勞斯:教創造論是虐待兒童的行為 (Lawrence Krauss: Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse)

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