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Science wins over creationism in South Korea

ananyo (2519492) writes | more than 2 years ago

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ananyo (2519492) writes "South Korea’s government has urged textbook publishers to ignore calls to remove two examples of evolution from high-school textbooks. The move marks a change of heart for the government, which had earlier forwarded a petition from the 'Society for Textbook Revise' to publishers and told them to make their own minds up about the demands. The petition called for details about the evolution of the horse and of the avian ancestor Archaeopteryx to be removed from the books.
In May, news emerged that publishers were planning to drop the offending sections, sparking outrage among some scientists. The resulting furore prompted the government to set up an 11-member panel, led by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.
On 5 September, the panel concluded that Archaeopteryx must be included in Korean science textbooks. And, while accepting that the textbooks' explanation of the evolution of the horse was too simplistic, the panel said the entry should be revised rather than removed or replaced with a different example, such as the evolution of whales."

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Why such controversy over a non-empirical topic? (1)

Finerva (1822374) | more than 2 years ago | (#41264233)

Why not tell students the whole story:

1. Here are some examples of evolution, i.e. whale, horse etc. Scientists believe these to be explanations for the origin and progression of biological life.

2. Here is the concept of creationism from a generic religious perspective

Note: There are numerous hybrid theories that fall all along the lines between these two theories.

None of the above can be empirically confirmed. Believe whatever suites you the best.

Happy Occam's Razor.
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