WHO CAN ANSWER MY QUESTIONS?

By Steve Isaacson

My Name is ____________. I am ____________________.

With the help of _____________, we would like to demonstrate a problem with the Naturalistic underpinning of the proposed Science Standards.


STUDENT:

I have a question - When I look out at the world, I see things fall. And it looks to me like things fall for a reason. Most people say this is because of gravity, but I also hear that there are other explanations for why things fall.

I also see that the experts don't know everything.

Some chemists say that physical and chemical laws can't account for biological information. Biochemists say many biological systems are irreducibly complex. Mathematicians say it is statistically impossible for the first cell to have been assembled out of nothing. Geologists say that the fossil record shows life appearing abruptly rather than gradually. Astronomers say the Universe is so finely tuned that if you just changed one constant by a smidgen, we wouldn't be here.

So obviously we don't know everything and we might be wrong about some things. Doesn't it make sense, then, to study about other explanations for why things fall?

TEACHER: I can't answer your question. We are not allowed to talk about things that are outside the "domain" of science.
STUDENT: But that doesn't make sense to me. I hear this stuff coming from scientists.
TEACHER: Well, they just know about science, not about alternative explanations.
STUDENT: Well, what is science if it's not about falling rocks?
TEACHER: Science is the activity of seeking only natural explanations for what we see. Those other people who must have put these ideas into your head are inferring 'attraction' explanations from the evidence. Scientists aren't allowed to do that. You are not allowed to discuss the possibility of "intelligent attraction." This is a public school.
STUDENT: Isn't that censorship? Who can answer my question if you are not allowed to talk about it?
TEACHER: [Nervous cough] I am told that you have to go to your parents or other appropriate source.
STUDENT: My parents don't know about scientific explanations. They don't know about forces and gravity fields. What's an appropriate source?
TEACHER: I don't know. Maybe your grandparents or a philosopher
STUDENT: Come on Teacher! My grandparents? Who can answer my question if scientists can't?

The End

(Thanks to John Calvert for making available a similar version.)


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