File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 11


Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 23:17:28 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] JellyTelly


Hobey Ford said;
 >Science is up for reinterpretation by fundamentalists who find
 >evolution uncomfortable.
...
 >Maybe we just fell for a lot more propaganda in the past

Evolution is in the world of forensics (figuring out what happened 
after the event) and are a very different sort of thing from the 
experimental sciences.  Forensics are where someone tries to come up 
story that is supposed to explain how current events came to be.  It 
is the world of the story teller.

Just today I heard an NPR story, where some people are concerned that 
a man executed a few years ago for setting a fire that killed his 
children may have been innocent.  They feel the forensic fire experts 
at the trial were totally wrong.  I.e. they made up an incorrect 
story... even though they were using "science".  Perhaps some of you 
heard the story.

The area of forensics is chronically subject to ones own ability to 
imagine a story.  Of course, this is an area where one's personal 
bias can affect the story.  A person who is trained in theology, and 
thinking of things like the salvation of their relatives, is going to 
approach the origins issue from a particular perspective.  They will 
try to come up with a story that fits the evidence, but that also 
fits with their own expectations for how the universe should be.

Regarding propaganda, I don't think it is the fundamentalists that 
have control of the story over origins.  Rather, it is a government 
and schools system that has most of the power there. In fact, the 
evolution version of the story is the only one allowed by law.

And finally, that person "trained in theology" was a reference to an 
actual person.  It was a reference to Darwin, who set out on his 
famous voyage wrestling with the issue that some of his relatives 
were doomed to hell because of their beliefs.  I can see how he might 
be motivated to make up a story of origins that gets God out of the picture.

Joe Dunfee  joe-AT-dunfee.com
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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