Bill Payne wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Jan 2002 07:42:10 -0500 george murphy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Bill Payne wrote:
> > >From the Kansas Science Standards (p 70 of 75): "Evolution -
> > >Biological: .....With respect to living organisms, evolution has two
> > > perspectives: The long-term perspective focuses on the branching of
> > > lineages; the short-term perspective centers on changes within
> lineages. In the
> > >long term, evolution is the descent with modification of different
> lineages from
> > >common ancestors..."
> > Note that the standards you cite do not contain your "heart of the
> I disagree. "Branching of lineages" is clearly understood to mean that
> man descended from apes or other hominid types. "Common ancestors" is
> the supposed first organic unit which was able to replicate itself (with
> modifications of course). This may not be as explicit as you would like,
> but please remember that it was written in veiled terminology to not
> overtly offend the people of Kansas. Or to put it more diplomatically,
> it was a compromise effort by people with varying interests. But the
> heart is alive and well.
We could debate the motives & interpretation of the Kansas
standards. But before we make that transition, I'll repeat the point that I
made at the beginning & which has not been refuted: Evolution does not
involve increase in complexity as a matter of definition.
George L. Murphy
"The Science-Theology Interface"
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