Chad Farnan (see picture, above) is a superstitious fool. And he hates free speech. He attends Capistrano Valley high school in California, and when his teacher, James Corbett, described creationism as “superstitious nonsense”, he sued the school (via New Humanist). And won. I guess in America, telling the truth is against the law.
Farnan’s website is here.
Now that’s in America where they are cursed with a large number of creationists. It couldn’t happen here, right? Maybe it could. The other day I was looking at Scottish biology exams, which while vastly better than the English equivalents, contain little or no mention of evolution.
This is odd, because evolution is the key to understanding everything in biology. Take an organ — a leaf, or an eye, or a heart, for example. These are each are well-adapted to functions, and you can’t understand them without understanding what functions they do, such as capturing energy from the sun, or detecting electromagnetic radiation, or pumping blood.
But what about a complete organism, such as an oak tree, or a cat? Evolution supplies us with the answer. An organism exists because it is descended from a whole line of ancestors all of whom had offspring, when others around them didn’t. It follows that evolution optimises organisms for reproduction (more precisely: it optimises genomes). So the function of an organism now becomes clear: an oak tree is a machine for making more oak trees, and a cat is a machine for making more cats. And you, dear reader, are a machine for making more humans.
So why is evolution written out of biology, when it’s the central concept? Doing so is like removing force, mass and time from the physics syllabus, removing atoms from chemistry, or removing numbers from maths. It’s a stupid, idiotic thing to do. Perhaps the syllabus designers were stupid, and couldn’t see the wood from the trees. Or perhaps they didn’t want to offend creationists.