Science - Data/Interpretations

From: Bill Payne (
Date: Thu Jun 14 2001 - 01:40:28 EDT

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    On Mon, 11 Jun 2001 10:42:02 -0700 David F Siemens <>
    > On Sat, 9 Jun 2001 22:57:36 -0600 Bill Payne <>
    > writes:
    > > I think schools should teach empirical data and stay away from
    > > interpretations, unless they are prepared to offer competing
    > > interpretations.
    > >
    > Bill,
    > If I understand your position, you are wiping out all of science.

    Two comments:

            1) I make my living by collecting and analyzing data, making
    interpretations, drawing conclusions and making recommendations. I
    realize that interpretations are an integral part of science. You did
    not understand my position.

            2) It is telling that several here seem to have assumed that I said
    schools should not teach interpretations. What I actually said is that
    schools should not teach only one side of an issue, that if they can't
    bring themselves to teach both sides fairly, then they should not teach
    either. It seems that rather than consider being fair, the evolutionists
    here (most of us) would prefer to paint me as anti-science. I suppose
    that is more comfortable than actually considering the alternative.


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