June 11, 2008

Evolution vs creationism in the letters section

I saw this in the New York Times today.


To the Editor:

Re “The Cons of Creationism” (editorial, June 7):

The debate over science versus creationism is in part fueled by the
notion that everybody’s opinions and beliefs are equally valid. While in a
democratic society we should be respectful of each other’s opinions and beliefs,
this is not how science operates.

The scientific method has well-
defined rules by which we decide whether a solution to a scientific problem is
correct or not. It is not that we believe or have the opinion that a certain
solution is correct — we prove it scientifically one way or another.

Thus there are right and wrong solutions that may seem unfair,
undemocratic and elitist.
But this is how science advances and produces the
marvelous technological developments that surround us. And this is not a belief.
It is a fact.

Ivan K. Schuller
La Jolla, Calif., June 7, 2008
The bolded section is mine. Schuller is right; you advance when you know your facts or have positions that are defensible. The whole idea of every view being equally valid is incorrect when it comes into conflict with fact and logic. It may sound cold, but that's the way things are.

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