Arville Edgeworth 
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Re: “Textbook Waylayed Over Evolution, Climate Change Concerns

In Prentice Hall Biology 2006 on page 38 it says: “For example, science can neither prove, or disprove that unobservable or supernatural forces cause storms, rainbows, illnesses, or cures of disease. Supernatural explanations of natural events are simply outside the bounds of science. There is no way to show that such hypotheses are false.”

A critical question needs to be posed here. Who determines what is a natural or supernatural event? What about the beginning of the universe? Was that a natural or supernatural event? How can we be certain? If supernatural explanations of natural events should be considered outside the bounds of science, what about natural explanations of supernatural events? Who decides if they are natural or supernatural?

What if the beginning of the universe was actually a supernatural event, should science try to prove it was a natural event? If the beginning of life was a supernatural event, should science try to prove it was a natural event? If the fossils and rock layers were formed by the great cataclysmic flood written about in all the ancient cultures, should science try to prove it was a natural event? How could you prove it was just a natural event? And perhaps more importantly, should science be trying to prove they were natural events?

Real science has to do with what an eye is, what it does, and how we treat it for disease. How and why we got an eye belongs in a philosophy class not the science classroom. Most of our science textbooks have more to do with promoting philosophical worldviews than they do with real science.

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Posted by Arville Edgeworth on 11/23/2013 at 9:02 PM

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