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‘Intelligent Design’ Not Enough For Creationists, Now The Push For ‘Divine Mathematics’

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For years now we have seen people seeking to push the bible into the science classroom. However, the move in recent years to push the religiously based ‘charter school’ system has opened up a new front in the war to erode critical thinking skills. No longer satisfied with pushing the rubbish ofCreationism or abstinence only health education, now a new model is out, attacking the foundation of mathematics itself.

The A Beka Book company provides a great many of the literature for these religious schools. We come to expect dominionists to push for their lies about science and history, but the A Beka Book company produces a whole series of dominionist school textbooks, including a revisionist form of mathematics not based on logic nor reason but instead “mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute.”

Here is an example, taken from the A Beka Book piece titled “The Christian Approach to Elementary Math” originally published in 1980 and still used in their latest titles:

We are unabashed advocates of traditional math, not only because the students learn something that can be built upon, but also because it accords with our Christian viewpoints on education. Only from a Christian perspective can the basic rationale — the intrinsic reasonableness of traditional elementary math — be seen and appreciated. Traditional math will not succeed unless it is taught with the conviction that something more than arbitrary process derived from arbitrary principles is at work. The elementary student does not need to “understand” 2 + 2 = 4 in order to learn it and use it; he will learn the abstract principles later. But the elementary student does need to see his multiplication tables as part of the truth and order that God has built into reality. From the Christian perspective, 2 + 2 = 4 takes on cosmic significance, as does every fact of mathematics, however particular.

Note they call their Divine Mathematics “traditional math” in order to make it sound acceptable to a particular group of people. They are targeting the easily deceived who then feel that they are trying to restore “tradition.” They even claim that a student does not need to understand 2+2=4, only to accept it as a sign of divinity.

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This reads almost like an article from The Onion.

I mean, fuck. I used to joke about shit like this but now it’s happening, and it’s not funny anymore.

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AND WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? Pictured above is the flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest shuttle and the second to last ever launched. The retired orbiters are now being sent to museums, with Endeavour being sent to California Space Center in Los Angeles, California, Atlantis to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island, Florida, and Discovery to the Udvar-Hazy Annex of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo: Ben Cooper / Spaceflight Now via NASA APOD)

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AND WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? Pictured above is the flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest shuttle and the second to last ever launched. The retired orbiters are now being sent to museums, with Endeavour being sent to California Space Center in Los Angeles, California, Atlantis to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island, Florida, and Discovery to the Udvar-Hazy Annex of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo: Ben Cooper / Spaceflight Now via NASA APOD)

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From the New York Daily News:

Astronomers at Texas State University-San Marcos found that in January 1912, three months before the ship sank in the Atlantic and took more than 1,500 lives down with it, a perfect storm of astronomical events may have set the stage for the disaster.
 The team found that on January 4, 1912, a nearly full moon was at its closest approach to Earth in 1,400 years. And the day before, the Earth was at perihelion, or its closest approach to the sun during its yearly spin around our star.
 The combined effects wreaked astronomical havoc with the Atlantic Ocean, generating a powerful spring tide that was able to dislodge Greenland icebergs off Labrador and Newfoundland, bergs that would normally have required more melting before being able to float away.
 Further, the powerful high tides generated by the moon put the bergs in a southbound express lane, of sorts, packing movement that would have taken years into just a few months. That contributed to the presence of an unusually large amount of icebergs in the North Atlantic shipping lanes just as the Titanic was speeding toward North America on its maiden voyage.
 “It was the closest approach of the moon to the Earth in more than 1,400 years, and this configuration maximized the moon’s tide-raising forces on Earth’s oceans. That’s remarkable,” the university’s Donald Olson said in a press release.

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From the New York Daily News:

Astronomers at Texas State University-San Marcos found that in January 1912, three months before the ship sank in the Atlantic and took more than 1,500 lives down with it, a perfect storm of astronomical events may have set the stage for the disaster.

The team found that on January 4, 1912, a nearly full moon was at its closest approach to Earth in 1,400 years. And the day before, the Earth was at perihelion, or its closest approach to the sun during its yearly spin around our star.

The combined effects wreaked astronomical havoc with the Atlantic Ocean, generating a powerful spring tide that was able to dislodge Greenland icebergs off Labrador and Newfoundland, bergs that would normally have required more melting before being able to float away.

Further, the powerful high tides generated by the moon put the bergs in a southbound express lane, of sorts, packing movement that would have taken years into just a few months. That contributed to the presence of an unusually large amount of icebergs in the North Atlantic shipping lanes just as the Titanic was speeding toward North America on its maiden voyage.

“It was the closest approach of the moon to the Earth in more than 1,400 years, and this configuration maximized the moon’s tide-raising forces on Earth’s oceans. That’s remarkable,” the university’s Donald Olson said in a press release.

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Back off man, I’m a scientist. (via Star Power)
A young Neil deGrasse Tyson. From the article:

Frank Bash, professor emeritus of astronomy and former director of UT’s McDonald Observatory, supervised Tyson as a teaching assistant for Intro to Astronomy. “Neil had a natural gift for teaching,” Bash says. “After he taught, the students would beg for him back. He did crazy stuff—moonwalking in class.”
Doing the moonwalk for his students wasn’t a gag, Tyson says—it was a strategy. “If you’re only using words to communicate as a teacher, why show up?” he says. “Why not just type your notes? Teaching is a full-body performance. The moonwalk was all the rage in 1983, and the students loved it. It made the material work for them.”
According to Tyson, one of the biggest reasons scientists so often struggle to communicate research to the public is not jargon or lack of interest. It’s a culture gap.
“The average person watches 30 hours of television per week,” he says. “But the average professor doesn’t own a TV, let alone watch the Kardashians or cute kitten videos on YouTube or whatever. And people live for that stuff. We have to speak their language.”
 

Everyone should hire Neil to explain difficult concepts. It’s his super power.

honestly, i adore this man. and that adoration just continues to grow and grow.

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needtherapy:osmium:mdt:

Back off man, I’m a scientist. (via Star Power)

A young Neil deGrasse Tyson. From the article:

Frank Bash, professor emeritus of astronomy and former director of UT’s McDonald Observatory, supervised Tyson as a teaching assistant for Intro to Astronomy. “Neil had a natural gift for teaching,” Bash says. “After he taught, the students would beg for him back. He did crazy stuff—moonwalking in class.”

Doing the moonwalk for his students wasn’t a gag, Tyson says—it was a strategy. “If you’re only using words to communicate as a teacher, why show up?” he says. “Why not just type your notes? Teaching is a full-body performance. The moonwalk was all the rage in 1983, and the students loved it. It made the material work for them.”

According to Tyson, one of the biggest reasons scientists so often struggle to communicate research to the public is not jargon or lack of interest. It’s a culture gap.

“The average person watches 30 hours of television per week,” he says. “But the average professor doesn’t own a TV, let alone watch the Kardashians or cute kitten videos on YouTube or whatever. And people live for that stuff. We have to speak their language.”

Everyone should hire Neil to explain difficult concepts. It’s his super power.

honestly, i adore this man. and that adoration just continues to grow and grow.

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MUSHROOM LOUD   Looking like something from a sci-fi movie, this image, released by NASA, shows the binary star  system Eta Carinae as it throws out huge clouds of matter in a  non-uniform dumbbell shape — the most detailed and clearest image yet of a dying star.  Eta Carinae is one of the closest star systems to Earth that will go supernova in the near future — the “near future” possibly being millions of years from now.  (Photo: NASA via the Telegraph)

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MUSHROOM LOUD   Looking like something from a sci-fi movie, this image, released by NASA, shows the binary star system Eta Carinae as it throws out huge clouds of matter in a non-uniform dumbbell shape — the most detailed and clearest image yet of a dying star.  Eta Carinae is one of the closest star systems to Earth that will go supernova in the near future — the “near future” possibly being millions of years from now.  (Photo: NASA via the Telegraph)