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Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Posted Monday, November 19, 2007, at 8:56 AM

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Evilution on Trial
I watched an excellent NOVA program on PBS Tuesday night that reenacted the trial in Dover, PA a few years ago. You may remember that their local school board insisted that along with evilution, I mean evolution, that Intelligent Design also be given equal time in the science classroom. The science teachers objected, some parents raised a stink and hence a judge was selected to hear the case Kitzmiller v. Dover. I didn't realize all this time (even though I am both a strong believer in evolution and Christianity) what the big hullaballo was about, but after watching for 2 hours, I get it.

Science works one way. You make observations, develop a hypothesis, design an experiment testing that hypothesis, and you either proove it false or......it passes the first test. After others also experiment with the same hypothesis, and fail to proove it false, one day it turns into a theory. If it's important enough, one day it may be called a law (the law of gravity comes to mind, but it's really just a theory as yet unproven). And that's the catch, you can't prove anything using the scientific method. The theory of evolution simply says that organisms can and have changed over time, they do so because of natural selection (survival of the fitest) and determination of traits that are passed to the next generation.....and so on, and so on. Is evolution so complex, so amazing, so unlikely that there must be a higher intelligence orchestrating it? I believe it is. But, since such a proposition is untestable (with our current technology) the question is mute, at least scientifically.

In the Scopes monkey trial (Dayton, Tennessee, 1925) the court found Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in the classroom and fined him $100. This time (Dover, Pennsylvannia, 2004) the court ruled in favor of evolution and against the teaching of "Intelligent Design" at least in public school science classes. Bible school is the place for that, and I agree.

Thought for the day!

If one bacterium can divide once every 20 minutes, how many bacteria will you have in 24 hours (assuming unlimited resources and space). Get out your calculators and see what you get.


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unfortunately you question is impossible to answer based on the information given, we must start by determining type of bacteria (think there are 4), but then again i am no bio man.

-- Posted by Badbob on Wed, Nov 21, 2007, at 4:09 PM

Of that 5194.6 tons, how many tons of flagella and how many tons of mitachondria do you have??????????

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 8:07 PM

5194.6 tons

-- Posted by Badbob on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 12:12 PM

Badbob, you are exactly right. It is 2 to the 72 power.

4722366482869645000000

How large a mass would that be assuming the bacterium is 1 picogram (1 trillonth or 10 to the -12 grams)?

-- Posted by kennethjones on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 10:09 AM

A bit off the subject - but if you ever get the chance to go to Dayton, TN be sure to go to the Courthouse and see where the Scopes Trial was held. There is a wonderful museum in the basement of the courthouse and you can still visit the site of the trial on the second floor. The building is beautiful and the furnishings are authentic. Plus it's free entertainment mixed with a bit of history!

-- Posted by Khill on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 10:03 AM

First of all on the bact, would that be 2 to the 72power, if so then scientific notation would be

4.722366482869645e+21 that's alot of flagellum.

Good article, my comment is this, as a Christian and a believer in science I can easy recongnize the existence of matter started somewhere. I will go with God, and remeber the world was created in 7 days is just a simple way to convey to mankind the creations, who is to say what a day is in the life of god.

-- Posted by Badbob on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 10:34 AM

I believe you will have 115,440 bacteria in 24 hours.

-- Posted by mersedesbrooke on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 10:26 AM

-- Posted by kennethjones on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 1:26 PM


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