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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 10:28 AM
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SCIENCE BOARD HIDES AMERICAN IGNORANC
Edited on Sat Apr-10-10 11:28 AM by RKP5637
A dumbed down nation being documented and reinforced by the omission of those ever so hard to understand questions and conflicts... Bush taught us well...

"3. APOCRYPHA: SCIENCE BOARD HIDES AMERICAN IGNORANCE.
The National Science Board, established by Congress as a national science
policy body, oversees NSF and provides independent science policy advice
to the President and Congress. It issues a huge biennial report, Science
and Engineering Indicators, which is a compendium of quantitative data on
the science enterprise around the world. The results are disturbing. In
their understanding of science, polls found, most Americans are falling
behind, even though much of the progress was made by American scientists
and engineers. Congress needs to hear these facts. Instead, poll
questions dealing with the origin of the universe and evolution were
simply excised from the report.
The board member who took the lead in
removing the text was John T. Bruer, a philosopher with close ties to the
Vatican. I hope that Science will publish the apocryphal text so we may
judge its relevance for ourselves."

See: issue What's New Friday April 9, 2010 http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/current_issue.html

Here's the whole article

WHATS NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 9 Apr 10 Washington, DC

1. RESTART: WHY NOT, WE STILL HAVE THOUSANDS MORE.
The New START Treaty, signed yesterday in Prague by Obama and Medvedev,
extends bilateral arms reduction agreements between the U.S. and Russia
begun in 1991. It will limit operationally deployed nuclear warheads to
1,500, which is down nearly two-thirds from the first START treaty in
1991, and 30 percent lower than the 2002 Moscow Treaty. It also reduces
the number of delivery systems. Many thousands more nuclear weapons are
not deployed. Its difficult to explain to todays students how two
seemingly enlightened peoples could have gotten into a standoff based on
Mutually Assured Destruction. I cant even explain to myself how I came
to spend ten years of my life in the nuclear weapons program. Meanwhile,
Iran proudly unveils its new uranium centrifuges today.

2. BEYOND GREEN: BORLAUGS "TWO CONTENDING POWERS."
As told by Kieron Humphrey on BBC News, Zambian farmer Elleman Mumbia
broke with local custom to practice scientific "conservation farming." His
tiny farm flourished. Some neighbors muttered about juju (voodoo), but he
has become something of a hero on national media. The BBC story stops
there, but a sadder chapter is being written. In his 1970 Nobel Peace
Prize acceptance speech, Norman Borlaug said, "We are dealing with two
opposing forces, the scientific power of food production and the biologic
power of human reproduction." K.H. von Hoffmann, who called my attention
to the BBC story, points out that Mr. Mumbia has six children (about
average in Zambia). The farm is too small to be subdivided. Most of his
children will look for jobs in the city and end up in the slums, as young
people are doing all over Africa.

3. APOCRYPHA: SCIENCE BOARD HIDES AMERICAN IGNORANCE.
The National Science Board, established by Congress as a national science
policy body, oversees NSF and provides independent science policy advice
to the President and Congress. It issues a huge biennial report, Science
and Engineering Indicators, which is a compendium of quantitative data on
the science enterprise around the world. The results are disturbing. In
their understanding of science, polls found, most Americans are falling
behind, even though much of the progress was made by American scientists
and engineers. Congress needs to hear these facts. Instead, poll
questions dealing with the origin of the universe and evolution were
simply excised from the report The board member who took the lead in
removing the text was John T. Bruer, a philosopher with close ties to the
Vatican. I hope that Science will publish the apocryphal text so we may
judge its relevance for ourselves.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
University of Maryland, but they should be.
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status please visit this link:
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 10:40 AM
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1. The GOP has long sought a pliable easily fooled Base....they work at it.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 10:43 AM
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2. Our ignoranc should be forced into the light of day
Snarky (yet hilarious) reply aside, this is infuriating.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:11 AM
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3. April 9th not there, it says current issue is april 2
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ZeitgeistObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:14 AM
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4. I found it here.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:31 AM
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6. His server must not be updated yet, thanks for the catch. I just edited in
Edited on Sat Apr-10-10 11:35 AM by RKP5637
the entire issue in my OP above.

Thanks!
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:46 AM
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9. Thanks, the other two articles are good too.
The bbc article seems to be this one: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8582353.stm

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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:29 AM
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5. Has this been scrubbed fr his site?
Edited on Sat Apr-10-10 11:38 AM by Duppers
I cannot find his entry for April 9, 2010.

It's very sad if that's the case. Did he get pressured from a funding source?


On edit: never mind. Thanks to the link ZeitgeistObserver provided above.

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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:33 AM
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7. Please see #6. Thanks
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Duppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:39 AM
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8. yep, I was editing when the phone rang.
Edited on Sat Apr-10-10 11:45 AM by Duppers
Thanks!

K&R, btw. :)
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:01 PM
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10. "hard to understand questions, difficult to explain to students, cant even explain to myself"
Irony:

The first sentence in the OP:
"A dumbed down nation being documented and reinforced by the omission of those ever so hard to understand questions and conflicts... Bush taught us well..."


The first entry in Bob Park's article:
"Its difficult to explain to todays students how two
seemingly enlightened peoples could have gotten into a standoff based on
Mutually Assured Destruction. I cant even explain to myself how I came
to spend ten years of my life in the nuclear weapons program.
Meanwhile,
Iran proudly unveils its new uranium centrifuges today."


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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:07 PM
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11. LOL
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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