Dick Carmack from Aztec does not understand the “real” definition of science when he cries “Real science would include a creator” (Letters, Herald, Oct. 7).
It is one thing to look into the majesty of the heavens and give glory to a creator. It is another entirely to be involved in a continuing effort to discover and increase human knowledge and understanding through disciplined research using controlled methods and observable evidence, record the measurable data relating to the observed and analyze the information to construct theoretical explanations of how things work.
Four hundred years ago, an Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer created a telescope powerful enough that he could see with definition the craters of the moon. Galileo Galilei, the father of modern astronomical science, was effectively muzzled by the then-ruling clergy. Inquisition files state Galileo was admonished “not to hold, teach, or defend” the heretical claim that the Earth revolved around the sun.
Four hundred years later, the tides (another earthly event scientifically explained by Galileo) have yet to be completely turned.
Young-Earth creationists such as Carmack, still are committed to the abolishment of teaching the biologic and earth sciences because the evidence does not conform to their rigid interpretation of the Bible’s Genesis.
If ever there was – and there is! – an organization that, in Carmack’s own words, “draws a conclusion first, then only looks at the data that supports the conclusion” it would be the Institute for Creation Research, publisher of Carmack’s “scientific” tabloid Acts and Facts magazine.
As a reasoned, educated and evolved society, we cannot permit creationists to diminish modern sciences.
Evolution is not only a theory, it also is a fact. The Earth is multiple millions of years old. Dinosaurs did not share terra firma with humans.
Faiths are ever increasingly required to manipulate the knowledge and evidences of modern science to inflate the punctured veracity of their convictions. Far better this than the day they are in the position to admonish our teachers “not to hold, teach, or defend” such “heretical” claims.
Michael Stith, Durango