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The Prerequisites Of Science: Creationism’s Place In Academia

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Since I was young I had always assumed that evolution was something everybody knew about. I went to church and for the longest time didn’t even realize that the church’s ideas were in conflict with Charles Darwin’s theory. By the time I was in high school I had let go of my faith in gods like I had the Easter bunny and Santa Clause at a younger age. But I came to be disappointed in the fact that my questions about evolution could not be discussed in school for fear of other’s lashing out. It was particularly difficult to understand why someone who believed in god created us would not want to learn about evolution as well, having believed both could be true simultaneously for years. It wasn’t until college where evolution would even be offered as an explanation for anything, though not as to humanity’s origin. Though now I understand evolution and what it could mean about what it means to be human, the knowledge was not taught in school. Of all the things that teachers drilled into our heads evolution was not one of them for even a day. This was not due to laws forbidding evolutionary curriculum, but rather due to public schools avoiding the controversy associated with the theory by choosing to leave out evolution in education all together. Students who are fortunate enough to learn evolution in school may be required to learn creationism alongside it presenting its theories as scientific, whether implicitly or affirmatively. Creationism, though is not excluded from academia, is a theological concept, not science and should not be presented as such in a public classroom alongside evolution.
Theology may be an appropriate subject for students but the theories proposed are speculative and do not follow the established scientific method for acquiring knowledge. This method is without a doubt the most important aspect of how theories become credible, and by which scientists endeavor to produce truth by property of its refined mechanism. By first observing the natural world by means of our five senses, next by forming a possible explanation as to the nature of our experience based on proven ideas, and then testing that concept in conditions that eliminate variables other than the concept in question are scientists able to determine the conclusion. A conclusion matches the explanation, can thus be used to prove its validity to other scientists who may then reproduce the conditions in the experiment to verify the data and results. All scientific facts taught in public schools are the product of this process’s proper implementation. This has a distinct impact on all theories that have yet to be proven including both creationism and evolution, and the two have much in common to some extent.
Both evolution and creationism answer whys of many questions, including where we come from, why our bodies take their shape, why we have gender, and more but there is no reason to give creationism credence of any scientific manner. A scientific theory must be...

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