Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 1, 2012

Science Guy debate, prayer, more

A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:

A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:

On a story about “Science Guy” Bill Nye warning about creation views threatening science.

• Nye is brilliant — Mark D.

• Science is a joke ... until it can save your life — Jamie L.

•  Idiot — Vickie B.

• Why isn’t there room for both. Look at God as the all knowing scientist and the perspective changes a little, or at least it did for me — Samuel B.

• That is not part of the debate, Samuel. The point of contention is whether or not it harmful to the science curriculum to add creationist teachings. The key point is that science works with testable ideas. The minute a hypothesis is added that cannot be tested it is no longer science. Therefore Nye is completely correct — Mark D.

• Scientists always want proof. Creationists beliefs are based on faith in the Bible to which some things have already been proven with the scientific facts that they really happened and archeologists are finding more artifacts all the time that are proving even more of what the Bible says really did happen — Karen P.

•  You stated that “science works with testable ideas, and the minute a hypothesis is added that cannot be tested, it is no longer science.” Really. Well then if that is the case, only things that can be “tested” can be proven to be facts. OK. Who decides what the “test” is and what a passing or failing grade is? The people who write papers to be published and secure grants to further their research on a particular subject, correct? Using this “cannot be tested therefore it is not science” logic, then one can conclude that the actual age of the earth, without record, can not be tested. Who has been around more than a 150 years that can conclusively verify the date something that now exists came to be and by what means? Science is supposed to deal in absolutes. The subject of the article that sparked the debate here is on the subject of “evolution.” Meaning that human beings evolved from apes and all living things came from some prehistoric goo. I challenge you to find any conclusive scientific proof that settles the argument here.  — Dale R.

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