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How experiments work in Kansas

  1. Aug 1, 2006 #1
    I caught this gem in an article in today's New York Times - it was inconspicious and the writer didn't seem to notice it. It's a quote from Dr. Steve E. Abrams, the anti-evolution chairman of the Kansas state school board. See if you notice it. (You may need to read it twice!)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/us/01evolution.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    edit: see rach's post below, the NY Times made an error, the original statement was "falsifiable".
     
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  3. Aug 1, 2006 #2
    If you really give up, highlight to read:



    "Unfalsifiable"
     
  4. Aug 1, 2006 #3

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  5. Aug 1, 2006 #4
    Does he even know what those words mean?
     
  6. Aug 1, 2006 #5

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    I'm confused
     
  7. Aug 1, 2006 #6

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    For a theory to be valid, it must be falsifiable. If there's no way that a theory can be proven wrong, it is not a theory. He should have said 'falsifiable'.



    eg. Since there's no way to prove God does not exist, God is not a theory.
     
  8. Aug 1, 2006 #7

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    oh, okay....

    :rofl:
     
  9. Aug 1, 2006 #8
    See, even yomamma thinks it's funny! That means yomamma is smarter than the doctorate-holding chair of the Kansas school board. Was that a compliment? Barely... :tongue2:
     
  10. Aug 1, 2006 #9

    JamesU

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    \/\/007! I got a compliment
     
  11. Aug 1, 2006 #10

    Pengwuino

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    Figures....
     
  12. Aug 1, 2006 #11
    Popper is not the last word on the subject you know...
     
  13. Aug 1, 2006 #12
    Does anyone advocate unfalsifiability as a requirement for a proper theory? I thought not.
     
  14. Aug 1, 2006 #13

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    I'm wondering if it's not the reporter that got it wrong - trying to correct what he thought was a slip of the tongue, perhaps?
     
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  15. Aug 1, 2006 #14

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    You've got to love how he's back tracking to try to save his butt.

    I think we'll see all the pro ID people on the Kansas school board voted out. A lot of large companies that had planned to move to Kansas backed out citing the school board ruling would make it unlikely for them to lure any competant employees to move to Kansas. The ID lovers on the school board aren't popular here.
     
  16. Aug 3, 2006 #15
    what do you know

    http://www.nytimes.com/ref/pageoneplus/corrections.html

    Gokul figured it out!

    Apologies to Dr. Abrams. I didn't want him to be misquoted, no matter how much of a loon he is.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2006 #16
    Though I will say - shame on the NYT editors for not catching such an obvious error in time. Their job is to find errors before the readers starting posting about them on online forums. They should be very embarrased about this, and deservedly.
     
  18. Aug 3, 2006 #17
    (moderators - I can't edit my original post, if any of you would put in a brief disclaimer about the NYT's error it would be much appreciated.)
     
  19. Aug 4, 2006 #18

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    Last edited: Aug 4, 2006
  20. Aug 4, 2006 #19

    Mk

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    Well, that's not what they think.
     
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