October 18th, 2005


2006 A World Beyond Capitalism Conference Volunteer Meeting And Call for out-of-state volunteers

Dear friends,
I would like to invite everyone to the Volunteer Meeting for the 2006 A World Beyond Capitalism Conference,
An Annual International Multiracial Alliance Building Peace Conference.  Time and Date: 7pm-9pm, Wednesday, October 19th, 7-9 PM, 2005, Location: Laughing Horse Bookstore, 3652 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202. No charge.  Free, light vegan refreshments.  Detailed driving directions with maps (for local or out of state origins) are found on the website.  The conference greatly welcomes the help of not only face-to-face volunteers but also volunteers who can only help from out-of-state, or out of country who work-from-home with or without the internet.  Workshop proposals will also be accepted.  More details on today's entry of my journal.  Thank you.
Love for the people.......

"There comes a time when the operation of the machine is so odious that you cannot even tacitly participate, You’ve got to place your bodies on the gears, the wheels, all the mechanism. And you’ve got to indicate to those who own it and those who run it, that unless you are free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - "Unless You Are Free" Song Lyrics by Utah Phillips/Ani DiFranco

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Intelligent Design

I'm extremely frustrated by the current debate in the US over intelligent design. I just read another article about "Some parents suing the school board [in Pennsylvania], saying that intelligent design is a religious belief and should not be taught, because it violates the United States constitutional separation of church and state."

That is one reason why it shouldn't be taught. But shouldn't religion , not just ONE religion, but shouldn't children learn about the different religions in school? if you don't teach them about different religions and different cultures then they only see the narrow-minded teachings of their parents.

So, I am not opposed to the teaching of intelligent design.

BUT I am opposed to teaching intelligent design in science class. People, listen up. The word 'theory' basically means idea or explanation. Therefore it could be said that astrology is a theory of how personalities and events happen. It is a theory that George W Bush is a monkey. It is a theory that the CIA orchestrated 9/11. But these are not SCIENTIFIC THEORIES.

A scientific theory is a special kind of theory. It is a theory that is developed using the scientific method.

A nice summary of the scientific method (flow chart)

  • 1. Observe some aspect of the universe.

  • 2. Invent a tentative description, called a hypothesis,
    that is consistent with what you have observed.

  • 3. Use the hypothesis to make predictions.

  • 4. Test those predictions by experiments or further
    observations and modify the hypothesis in the light of your results.

  • 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until there are no discrepancies
    between theory and experiment and/or observation.

  • so the hypothesis, once demonstrated to be an accurate description of the phenomena, becomes a theory through the collection of evidence.

    There are thousands of pieces of evidence that support the hypotheses of evolution. There is no empirical evidence that supports the hypotheses of intelligent design.

    Therefore only one, evolution, is a scientific theory. The other is a theological argument. a religious theory. it should be taught in a class about religion along with the lessons about Chaos and Gaea, and adam and eve, and Gilgamesh, Odin, etc. (I can't be bothered to hyperlink all those terms. but just google them if you care)

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