The creationists, you know, those folks who claim the science of evolution is false and God made the earth and the creatures thereon, follow the old maxim “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” So, you liberals on the school boards around the country brace yourselves because they’re coming at you with a new tactic. The intelligent design tactic failed when a federal judge pointed out that intelligent design was not science but “religious strategies that evolved from earlier forms of creationism.” Thus failed did the backdoor try at sneaking creationism into the schools.
Their new strategy argues for teaching the evidence against evolution so as to instill in young minds the process of critical inquiry. Never mind that there is no evidence against evolution, despite what some scientist who want to push intelligent design say.
The scientific debate is not about whether evolution happened but about how it happened. The creationists want to debate the facts of evolution so as to show that it is false, not to get at the truth. Creationists have already made up their minds, so how can there be a debate if one party has already rejected one side of the argument.
Anyway, never argue with a Christian or deeply religious person because you can’t win when their tactic is to fall back on God.
You step on someone’s foot and say excuse me, and that apology is acceptable. For a nation that prides itself on its so-called exceptionalism (what ever that is) to constantly apologizes for its bad behavior in the past shows how unexceptional it is, and hints of downright hypocrisy. It says to the world, you were no different from other nations in your behavior.
Medical experiments on human beings without their knowledge is deplore and wrong. Yet many a nation has conducted such experiments including the United States.
In the 1930s in Alabama, the Federal government allowed medical scientist to inject some poor black men with syphilis so they could study its affects. Of course, once the experiment was revealed, the government apologized. The apology didn’t help any of the men who might have been still alive.
You would’ve thought the United States government would not allow doctors to do such a thing again. Yet, in the 1940s in Guatemala, United States scientist infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital with syphilis.
I wonder how much the government of Guatemala was paid?
Since the experiment has come to light and the United States involvement, of course our government has apologized.
And of course the director of the National Institutes of Health vows that the knowledge of what happened in Guatemala provides a chance for the government to “redouble” its efforts to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I believe science can help us solve some of the world’s problems. But experimenting on human beings without their consent, especially those who can’t help themselves or give consent is not just wrong, or ethical, it is evil.