Deutsch Resigns Re: News clips of interest

From: Pim van Meurs <pimvanmeurs@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed Feb 08 2006 - 13:02:23 EST

A Young Bush Appointee Resigns His Post at NASA New York Times - 9 hours ago George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters' access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, agency ...

Btw Keith B Miller explains why the word theory is often poorly understood by the public and suggests a speculation or guess

<quote>Theories are viewed as merely unsubstantiated guesses, rather
than as the unifying concepts that give our observations coherence and meaning, provide us with a basis to make testable predictions, and ultimately to solve scientific problems. As a result, many people are unable to distinguish valid scientific conclusions from pseudoscience.</quote>

ID activists leverage this lack of understanding to further their argument that evolutionary science is inherently atheistic

<quote>For traditional creationists and most Intelligent Design (ID) supporters, the conviction that evolutionary theory and orthodox Christian faith are in irreconcilable conflict is fundamental. It is also a central part of the political strategy of the ID movement. As stated by Phillip Johnson, one of the founders and leaders of the ID movement: “The objective [of the Wedge Strategy] is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence of God vs. the nonexistence of God.”</quote>

Evolutionary science is 'just a theory' or the Big Bang is 'just a theory' does a disservice to how the public understands science.

Hint: THe big bang does not discount an intelligent designer...

 On 2/6/06, Carol or John Burgeson <burgytwo@juno.com> wrote: Two news clips of interest:

1. "[The Big Bang is] not proven fact; it is opinion. It is not NASA's
place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the
existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a
creator."

--George Deutsch, a Bush political appointee in NASA's press office,
instructing a Web designer working for the agency to add the word
"theory" after every mention of the Big Bang (a scientific explanation
for the origins of the universe).

Burgy's comment: At first reading, I don't see why this is a "bad" idea. Of course, it is religiously motivated. But it is, I think, factual.

Tell me why I'm wrong.
Received on Wed Feb 8 13:04:08 2006

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