Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kansas education board unites physics and metaphysics

Kansas, home of American fundamentalism, has again moved to put creationism into the "science" curriculum. Interestingly, to do so they had to redefine science:
Kansas education board downplays evolution - Science - MSNBC.com

In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.
The Kansas board of education has rolled science back to the days of natural philosophy, when explanations for the world were drawn from the Baconian world of empiricism, but also from alchemy, astrology, and sorcery. An odd thing for Christian fundamentalists to do, but I guess no measure is too extreme for such a just cause. I suppose this means Satanism is now a branch of science. Will Caltech start offering a PhD in post-Satanical studies?

I raise a toast to George Bush and the wonderous state of Kansas; between you and al Qaeda we may delay the Singularity by a year or two ... (a delay which I quite favor by the way).

Kansas will not be the laughingstock of the world -- despite the fears of the minority board members. The world long ago stopped finding anything at all amusing about America. This will cause more chills than laughs.

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