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11 February 2008 @ 09:59 am
Meiosis  
Today in bio, this girl asks
"In meiosis, why do the chromosomes duplicate? If they didn't duplicate, they could just divide once instead of twice"

Teacher replied, "Well we've evolved that way, and evolution isn't meant to make things better. Biology does all sort of crazy things, and many times it does things the hard way just because that's how it happened to eveolve over millions of years."

Girl says, "Well I don't believe in evolution, so how does it work then?"

I wanted to turn around and say, "Then get out of the class!" but I didn't.

Teacher replys, "Well, that's the explanation I have for you."

Now granted the explanation was way overly simplified, it got the point across. I was just upset by the girl. Maybe her cells wont go through meiosis. They'll only divide once, and she'll give birth to a fish... like the Jesus fish. Maybe she'll be happy then.

Also, I got the e-mail about donating blood. it made me upset because I can't anymore, all because of a false positive on some test.
 
 
 
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
ghdfh
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
you can't donate blood because blood is a conspiracy theory made up by evil liberal scientists
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
the dinosaurs should have eaten adam and eve, then we wouldn't have to deal with this
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
darwin, who tried not to argue with anyone and who was a good, pleasant, intelligent person who had all sorts of religious friends, donated money, and believed in free speech so that everyone's voice could be heard...
that guy, yeah, he's satan
obviously
and the big guy who created disease is just lovely
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
girls like the one in your class will duplicate her own genes to her 290841035 ignorant children and make the world a better place

pay no attention to the fact that her children will not be clones of her because of copying errors (and the genes from their father)

and pay no attention to the fact that the children not being clones will be different from her

and pay no attention that with each generation, the kids get more and more different

and NEVER ADMIT that THEREFORE all life exists in degrees which over long periods of time will allow for... different organisms???; genomes are conspiracy theories made up by evil liberal scientists
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
dgdfgdfgdfgdgdfgdg
Kristinespatulalemur on February 13th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
someone in class today said that he thought he liked Richard Dawkins until he saw Root of All Evil?, where he saw that Dawkins could seem a bit arrogant when talking to the Xians, talking to them like they were six-year-olds. Then his opinion of Dawkins was lowered.

The teacher said that maybe Darwin had a better tactic when it came to this sort of thing.

I spoke next and agreed with the teacher that Darwin was much nicer and actually made a similar criticism of Dawkins during my presentation earlier that morning. And I said that the other student's criticism was certainly valid, but you have to remember that Dawkins started out simply being a nice English fellow writing books to help to educate the public. After about 50 years of people not listening to a word you're saying and having to deal with the same unfortunate shit day in and day out, it might be a little hard to hold back your emotions completely. And I pointed out that he's got to take one tactic or the other, and he may have chosen a harsh one, but I have personally heard him admit that he very well may have taken the wrong road. That's why I maintain a mostly good opinion of Dawkins.

That got a positive response from the class, and most people seemed to think that the fundie Xians were more "arrogant" than any scientist.

one guy said that it was kind of sad though since the fundies are basically backed into a corner, which is what makes them act that way. I wanted to reply, but didn't have a chance to, that they haven't been backed into a corner by anyone; they have firmly planted themselves there and refuse to come out, no matter how people try to help them.