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Animal testing is a cruel and barbaric practice that should be banned. Animals do not want to be tortured, locked up, neglected and abused any more than we do, so why should we do it to them?
Myth 1# "Animal testing is vital to save lives".
Animal testing actually kills more people than it saves because of the fact that animals have different bodies and genetic systems from us. Even animals that are very similar to us in terms of DNA, such as pigs and monkeys, are still too different for every result from tests on them to be entirely accurate. For instance, chimpanzees are immune to HIV, Malaria and hepatitis. Aspirin causes birth defects in most lab animals, but it doesn't do this to people. Paracetamol is toxic to cats and grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage in dogs.
In fact, most so-called "medical" experiments that are done on animals are actually done with money in mind, not people. That is one of the main reasons why these misleading experiments are still performed. If a drug is passed as safe due to animal tests, it is then often given to people. If a drug passes as dangerous and unsafe due to animal tests, it is often given to people anyway because even the drug companies often know that animals have different bodies and genetic systems from us. If a person takes it and then gets any really bad side effects, the company cannot be sued because they did do the safety tests.
Myth 2# "Lab animals are always treated kindly and looked after properly".
Although some may well be treated with kindness and cared for properly, many of them are not. In fact, during investigations, animal defenders have filmed horrifying scenes that should disgust us all. Lab animals are often shot at, held against red hot metal plates, have boiling water poured over them, force-fed dangerous chemicals, cut open, gassed, have their brains damaged with severe blows to their heads, starved, locked up and have their skin irritated by various different substances. Lab animals are also sometimes abused outside of the experiments. Laboratory workers have been filmed punching, slapping and shaking animals before.
Myth 3# "Animals do not feel pain, have emotions or help others".
This is probably one of the biggest lies/misunderstandings of the century. Animals definitely DO feel pain, have emotions and help others. Anyone who believes that animals do not feel pain should go and kick a dog and then watch what happens. If animals could not feel pain or fear, how do you think they would survive out in the wild?
Animals definitely do have emotions. When you tell a dog off, they will often cower away because they know that you are angry with them. Anyone who has ever had or even stayed with a cat before will know that cats are definitely more likely to scratch and bite at certain points in time than others. How else can this be explained other than in the fact that they have moods like people do?
Also, time and time again have dogs been known to pine for their owners after they have died. Hachiko carried on going to wait at the train station for his master's return until about ten years after his master had died and Greyfriar's Bobby waited by his master's grave for at least ten years before he himself died, apparently of the same illness that had killed his master.
Dogs have even been known to pine for their people when they have only gone to work or gone out for a little while. Dog behaviourists and experts often call this, separation anxiety, but a lot of it is really just loneliness and boredom. How else do you explain the scenario of a person leaving for a while and returning to get complaints from his or her neighbours about his or her dog's barking and howling and then finding broken items and chewed up furniture all over their home?
Even wild animals have been known to help others of their own species, even if they are not directly related to them. Lionesses have been known to adopt baby antelopes, wild birds will often try to save their mates' lives and even vampire bats have been adopt other members of their own species. Chimpanzees have been known to save ducklings and at least one baby boy has been rescued by a gorilla before.
If these animals really did not care, why do you think they did these sorts of things? Why did they bother to help out here?
Myth 4# "There is no alternative to animal testing."
There are, nowadays, so many alternatives to animal testing that it need not be used any longer. Fake skin and organs, donated cells and body parts, studies of living people and computer models can all now be used, and these can produce results that are far more relevant and useful than those optioned through animal tests.
Most people know of the USS Enterprise in the First Series of Star trek. Under the command of the mighty Captain Kirk with Spok, Scotty, Bones, Sulu and Uhura by his side and the odd redshirt ensign.
If only a small amount of money each year was put into the project we could build a Modern day equivalent of the USS enterprise to Seek out new worlds, explore strange new planets and bolding go where no man has gone before Queue Intro music.
The Mob Doctor tv show is an amazing show that deserves so many more views than it's getting. The show has an amazing plot and great characters and actors and it's unbelievable that this show is in danger of getting canceled!
Fox tv has officially announced that only 13 episodes will air in season 1 and after will be canceled but I'm sure that those that have watched this show have gotten hooked like me and would want the show to continue so let's get the show higher ratings and more views to try and save it! Please this is my fav show!
Help raise awareness of plastic and how it effects our environment!
Los Angeles County has been the first county in California to ban plastic bags, so why can't San Diego or specifically La Jolla?
We live in such a BEAUTIFUL beach community and it's sad to see our local markets using plastic bags!
Help the oceans and ban plastic bags!
Which is harder to find the higgs boson or love?
Therefore I believe love is a "good" analogy for the higgs boson. Life appears meaningless until "love" joins it, and things have little meaning without love, therefore the higgs boson could be metaphorically renamed as the "Love particle".
How do people long for love but never find it, it finds them. For love still exists in space where there is no gravity.
Unless you believe in love, you will never find it. If scientists never believed the higgs boson was possible, would the multi-billion pound LHC have been built?
...and when many people refer to the God particle, it feels more of a insult to believers, as how many people who distinctively believe God does not exist will look for a particle they don't believe exists? It appears to misrepresent both parties. The higgs boson particle is thought to be associated with a field that is responsible for giving other particles their mass.
Please can we stop misrepresenting knowledge and respect, that science and religion can co-exist together. That one must cease. Love is the highest respect possible. I love science. I love God, I love you. But to prove love, would require a more powerful experiment than the LHC, it requires life.
The "Love Particle" explains how we can finally move on and not be stuck with backward ideologies.
(Apologies for wording, this is my first petition).
South Korea are using science to continue to hunt Minke whales. It is NOT acceptable.
And WE the rest of humanity want an end to this farce.
STOP HUNTING OUR WHALES.
Extraterrestrialism is a belief by many that humanity evolved into what it is today through the aid of extra-terrestrials.
Extraterrestrialists believe in treating their neighbor the way they, themselves would like to be treated. They believe in an open mind and warm heart when coming in contact with other people or ideas that may or may not conflict with their own beliefs. They do not impose their religion on others, nor do they require church and organization goers to donate. One’s financial choices, time or resources given to the church or organizations will never be judged nor ridiculed.
While growing in popularity amongst all types of people, Extraterrestrialism has remained a marginalized group. It is not given the same validity as other religions such as Christianity and Mormonism, which Extraterrestrialism originally stemmed from. It does not have rights to be recognized as a valid article on Wikipedia, when “Baller” is accepted as a legitimate term. Extraterrestrialists want others to know that they exist. They want to teach others in an unbiased manner of what they believe and show the world the ways in which they live spiritually.
Extraterrestrialists want to show that Extraterrestrialism is a valid religion because they believe in it and it’s their way of life.
We are enrolled in Calculus Tertiary Preparation Certificate Course a Newcastle TAFE campus. We were told that the calculus course has been cut and that we have to do it on line. Also the Chemistry class times have been cut back.
The TPC course is a very successful pathway into university. The students effected by this move want to study engineering and science - where the skill shortages are.
16th September UPDATE
SADLY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENT FOR THE VERSION OF THIS BILL THAT REMOVES THE NEED FOR EXPERTS AND GIVES THE HOME SECRETARY SWEEPING POWERS TO BAN SUBSTANCES. PLEASE CONTINUE CIRCULATING AND SIGNING THIS PETITION. I WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH ALL SIGNERS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH A NEW PLAN OF ACTION IN WHICH YOU MAY ALL PARTICIPATE. THE TARGET NOW IS THE 1961 UN CONVENTION ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. BON COURAGE BRAVE FRIENDS!
Parliament is in the final stages of considering the so-called Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, portions of which are aimed at quelling public protest, but there are two equally nefarious clauses regarding the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the process of scheduling a substance.
If Bill 62-EN passes, it would remove the requirement that Council members have any medical or scientific training or indeed any relevant experience, and instead would allow the Secretary of State sweeping powers to appoint anyone “he considers appropriate”. It would also allow the Secretary of State to ban substances for a period of 12 months instantaneously and without further study.
The only requirements for invoking illegal status on a substance and thus immediately criminalizing anyone already possessing it*, is that first the Home Secretary must discuss it with the Council, whose members s/he has been allowed to hand pick and that both they and s/he must be “satisfied that the drug in question is one that is, or is likely to be, misused, and that misuse is having, or is capable of having, harmful effects.” That sounds like a whole lot of guess work. Shouldn’t evidentiary proofs be required?
The amendment is too broad and does not indicate upon what basis future members would be selected other than the Home Secretary's judgement. It does not encourage people to study medicine and science when such knowledge doesn't appear to be valued by a government that does not think official committees such as the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs deserve to have members with any special training.
In 2009, this same Drugs Advisory Council’s then-head, Professor David Nutt, was forced from his position after he pointed out flaws in the current classification system that led to distorted evaluations of risk. This message, although undeniably corroborated by factual data, was regarded as not in keeping with the blind allegiance to the “war on drugs” that our leaders continue to promote. Now, the government wants to make sure that experts like David Nutt never get on the committee in the first place.
This attack on science, reason and the truth, must not be allowed to continue. It is a step back into those dark times when Galileo was arrested for telling scientific truths then considered heretical.
From the incarceration of 10 million non-violent prisoners worldwide to the tens of thousands of murders attributed to Latin America’s narco-traffic underground, the societal evidence correlates with current scientific data in concluding that the "war on drugs" has failed.
We support a rational society in which scientists are free to share the truths that they discover, without fear of suppression for political ends. Thus, we insist that people with relevant expertise guide policy on all important issues facing society.
Otherwise, one has to ask, who makes these crucial decisions, and upon what basis? Why should we be “advised” by people who have no special knowledge?
Reproduced below is the original text of the 1971 act, with everything after the word "appropriate" set to be stricken:
SCHEDULE 1 Constitution etc. Of Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs1(1)The members of the Advisory Council, of whom there shall be not less than twenty, shall be appointed by the Secretary of State after consultation with such organisations as he considers appropriate, and shall include—(a)in relation to each of the activities specified in sub-paragraph (2) below, at least one person appearing to the Secretary of State to have wide and recent experience of that activity; and(b)persons appearing to the Secretary of State to have wide and recent experience of social problems connected with the misuse of drugs.(2)The activities referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) above are—(a)the practice of medicine (other than veterinary medicine);(b)the practice of dentistry;(c)the practice of veterinary medicine;(d)the practice of pharmacy;(e)the pharmaceutical industry;(f)chemistry other than pharmaceutical chemistry.
Please go to www.theyworkforyou.com and enter your postcode to find your MP. You can send an email from there too, so in addition to signing this petition, please also send an email to your representative. Feel free to add your own sentiments when you do so and remember that letters received by post have twice the impact, so there is that option as well.
*Update: May 25 2010. An amendment has been proposed in the House of Lords so that those caught with temporarily banned substances would not be charged with an offense. Nevertheless, this does not alter the fact that "temporary" bans are rarely reversed and so this minor adjustment doesn't make the Bill more acceptable. - DT
*Update: June 13 2011. On its way to 3rd Reading in the House of Lords with many amendments to various sections of the Bill now proposed. Lord Ramsbotham has stated his opposition to both Clause 152 and 153 in their entirety; Baroness Hamwee has questioned the wisdom of "tinkering" when there needs to be a "rethinking"; Lords Rosser, Hunt of Kings Heath and Stevenson of Balmarca have proposed a replacement paragraph for the stricken text that reinstates the need for experts on the ACMD; this was also supported by Baroness Finlay; and Lord Soley has stated for the record that this issue should not be dealt with in this Bill at all.
I contacted Lords Rosser, Hunt and Stevenson and am told that our campaign will be mentioned in this Thursday's debate in the House of Lords and Vernon Coaker has promised to inform Clive Efford, Shadow Minister dealing with this portion of the Bill, of it as well. (D.T.)
The full text of what is known in Parliament as Bill 62-EN is available at this link, where you can also read the updates as it passes through the Houses: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/policereformandsocialresponsibility/documents.html
* Update: 19 June
Unfortunately, due to them not having been given copies of the "draft protocol" which outlines promises on how the members of the ACMD will be chosen, the Lords withdrew their amendment. I have since written them, asking them to reinstate it prior to the next meeting on 29 June. The draft protocol does not change the need for this petition and I HAD read it prior to starting it.
The recommendations for how the committee will be decided are not part a legally binding document but are in a supplementary one that is simply an attempt to justify the removal of the present language setting out requirements for ACMD members. The government wants to get "Royal Assent" on the Bill PRIOR to the replacement text being composed or added. Why? What's so hard about coming up with another 88 words? They want you to believe that they will in fact, of course, keep science and medicine at the forefront of their selection process and are not pursuing an agenda, yet seem unable to draft a few sentences guaranteeing that.
You can read the draft protocol at the link below. As you're noticing how reasonable it sounds, remember that as soon as the Bill receives "Royal Assent" (I know, but that's another issue) it becomes law and that is WITHOUT any language replacing the stricken text or any of the promises in the draft protocol being guaranteed.
Clause 154 - the draft protocol for deciding members of the ACMD:
A petition to support the continuation of jumps racing in South Australia and Victoria.
11. Close Down HLS
HLS are world-renowned animal killers. 500 animals die there every day. One HLS (Huntingdon Life Sciences) worker took a beagle out of his cage to get a blood sample. The dog wouldn't stay still so he shook him and jabbed the needle in and made him cry. The dog moved again and he shook him harder and gave him another jab.
Another watched all this and all he did was laugh. HLS are obviously people who find humour in pain and suffering. Another beagle had a chemical used in food packaging shoved down her throat. A woman was trying to inject some rats with a chemical. If a rat cried, she would shake it and yell "shut up rat!" Animal testing is necessary for human medicine, I hear you say. It isn't. In fact, it is dangerously misleading. For example, chimpanzees are immune to HIV and Malaria, penicillin is toxic to guinea pigs, and if you give morphine to cats, they stay awake, if you give to humans, it has the opposite effect. The usual cry from the vivisectors is TINA (there is no alternative).
This is not true. In fact, there are plenty of alternatives to animal testing, like fake skin and organs, human volunteers and computer models. Animal rights activists are, I hear you say, all dangerous maniacs. It is true that some of us, but not all of us. For instance, animal aid only use peaceful methods, as do numerous other groups, and many animal rights activists have also campaigned for people as well, as I have.
The petition is open to everyone.
Please Take Notice That:
On Behalf of the People of the United States of America, the undersigned Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and affiliates hereby petition for, and demand, a truly independent investigation with subpoena power in order to uncover the full truth surrounding the events of 9/11/01 – specifically the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7.
We believe there is sufficient doubt about the official story to justify re-opening the 9/11 investigation. The new investigation must include a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives that might have been the actual cause of the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7.
There are several nonscholarly sources appearing on Google Scholar. These nonscholarly sources are AnswersInGenesis.org, Creation.com (Creation Ministries International), and ICR.org (Institute for Creation Research). These three groups do not produce scholarly material.
The information in their publications is deeply biased to represent Young Earth Creationism. The material that they publish is devoid of real scientific research and yet attempts to present it as if it were real scientific research. On top of this, these organizations also give out incorrect information as a way to dissuade people from believing real scientific research into matters such as the age of the Earth, and the validity of scientific knowledge such as the Theory of Evolution by natural selection.
Because Google Scholar has some weight, especially to youths doing research for class, it is highly inappropriate for these articles to show up under Google Scholar. Articles such as these, that have a distinct religious agenda and even go as far as giving incorrect information about science, should not be allowed on Google Scholar.
The University of Toledo Strategic Planning Committee has put forth a plan which would split the College of Arts and Science into a College of Sciences and Sustainability, a College for the Study of the Human Condition, and a College for Visual and Performing Arts. The plan also creates many new directorships and deanships to administer an overall new approach to education at UT.
Though students, faculty, and all other interested bodies are very willing to hear any ideas which could improve the College of Arts and Science, more input and vetting must be done before any plans can be undertaken.
Animal testing can be misleading. An animal's response to a drug can be different to a human's.
Πορεία προς την Βουλή, όπου σκοπεύουν να παραμείνουν έως την Τετάρτη, οπότε ψηφίζεται το νομοσχέδιο για τις εμπορευματικές μεταφορές, πραγματοποιούν περισσότεροι από 3.000 ιδιοκτήτες φορτηγών και βυτιοφόρων, διά μέσω της οδού Σταδίου, υπό την επιτήρηση τεσσάρων εισαγγελικών λειτουργών.
Αυτήν την ώρα οι μεταφορείς έχουν φτάσει στην Πλατεία Συντάγματος. Όλοι οι γύρω δρόμοι είναι κλειστοί.
Tarot karte, iscjelitelji, nlo-i, reptilski vladaoci svijeta su ključne teme najgledanije emisije HTVovog ZNANSTVENO-OBRAZOVNOG programa kojeg kao javno dobro svojom pretplatom financiraju porezni obveznici. Nije li dosta toga?
Mi ljudi koji smo posvetili život znanosti, razočarani smo činjenicom da HRT već godinama obmanjuje javnost i odgovorne strukture vlasti predstavljajući emisiju 'Na rubu znanosti' kao dio znanstveno- obrazovnog programa. U toj emisiji se na nekritički način predstavlja sadržaje koji su do te mjere besmisleni da bi ih i osnovnoškolci jasno mogli prepoznati kao takve, kad ti sadržaji ne bi bili prezentiran na manipulativan način. Jedna od tipičnih tema koja se provlači kroz većinu emisija je zavjera službene znanosti protiv osoba koje gostuju u spomenutoj emisiji. Znanstvenici su ljudi sa svim svojim manama i vrlinama i očekivati da će svi oni zatomiti svoje nezgodne karakterne osobine kako bi se udružili u tajno društvo i onemogućili nekom da njegov perpetuum mobile, ili uređaj koji radi na sličnom principu, ne ugleda svjetlo dana, ili bar stranice stručnog časopisa - samo je tužan dokaz koliko je spomenuta emisija neprimjerena za znanstveno- obrazovni program.
NASA and space exploration has been at the forefront of science and education here in the United States since early 1950's.
From the space program has come home computers, Teflon, solar cells, transistors and many other inventions that have saved energy, improved the health of Americans and kept this country in the forefront of science.
NASA is a major purchaser of highly technical equipment which would be affected if the funding is cut.
EG Justice Necesita Tu Ayuda. Firma esta solicitud hoy para cancelar el Premio UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
En el 2008, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) creó el Premio Internacional UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo para la Investigación en Ciencias de la Vida, en honor de y financiado por el presidente autocrático del Guinea Ecuatorial, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
El premio pretende reconocer "los logros científicos que mejoren la calidad de la vida humana." Mientras tanto, la calidad de vida hoy en Guinea Ecuatorial es pésima.
A pesar de haber alcanzado el más alto PIB per cápita en África sub-Sahariana, el 60 por ciento de los Ecuatoguineanos vive con menos de 1 dólar al día en condiciones comparables a Haití o el Chad. El Presidente Obiang está desechando la oportunidad de invertir los recursos disponibles para mejorar los servicios sociales básicos, lo cual está resultando en un descenso en la tasa de asistencia de la escuela primaria, bajos indicadores de salud, y una pobreza excesiva.
Un premio de la UNESCO en honor a Obiang equivale a una aprobación internacional de este régimen cleptocrático y abusivo, y socava la misión de la UNESCO de promover la educación, la ciencia, la cultura y los derechos humanos.
¡Tu Puedes Ayudar, firmando esta solicitud a UNESCO!
Digámosle a UNESCO que la corrupción y el abuso no deberían ser premiados, y que el dinero utilizado para crear este premio debería ser reinvertido para beneficio del pueblo de Guinea Ecuatorial.
EG Justice Needs Your Help. Sign the petition now to STOP the UNESCO-Obiang International Prize for the Life Sciences.
In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created the UNESCO-Obiang International Prize for the Life Sciences, named for and financed by the autocratic and abusive president of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
The prize is said to recognize “scientific achievements that improve the quality of human life.” Meanwhile, the quality of life in Equatorial Guinea today remains abysmal. In spite of having attained the highest GDP per capita in Sub-Saharan Africa, 60 percent of Equatoguineans live on less than $1 a day in conditions comparable to Haiti or Chad. President Obiang has neglected to invest available resources in basic social services, resulting in declining primary school attendance, poor health indicators, and needless poverty.
The UNESCO Obiang Prize is a cynical ploy to co-opt the worthy name and reputation of UNESCO to enhance the image of a notorious dictatorship. The prize amounts to international approval for this kleptocratic and abusive regime and it undermines UNESCO’s mission to promote education, science, culture, and human rights.
You can help, by signing this petition to UNESCO!
Let’s send a message to UNESCO that corruption and abuse should not be rewarded and that funds used to create this prize should be reinvested in the people of Equatorial Guinea.
It is acknowledged that untold scores of scientist have stated that the idea of particles-to-people evolution does not meet the criteria of the scientific method.
There are no evolutionary transitions that have ever been observed, either during human history or in the fossil record of the past; and the universal law of entropy makes it impossible.
The majority of educated people recognize the religious character of evolutionary theory, it must be believed to be excepted.
Science is knowledge, that which can be demonstrated, observed and repeated. The faith based components of evolution however cannot be proved, or even tested; like every religion they can only be believed.
George James Symons (6 Aug 1838 - 10 Mar 1900) was a meteorologist who founded and managed the British Rainfall Organisation, an unusually dense and widely distributed network of rainfall data collection sites throughout the British Isles.
He was born in Pimlico, London. In the late 1850s at about age 20 he studied at the Normal School of Science, which prepared its students to be secondary school science teachers. His physics teacher at the school was John Tyndall, who was also a scientific advisor to the U.K. Board of Trade. Symons got a job in the meteorological department at the Board of Trade in 1860 on the strength of Tyndall's recommendation. That meteorological department is the forerunner of today's U.K. Meteorological Office, but at the time its main mission was to upgrade collection of weather data at sea to help predict sea storms.
In 1860 Symons published the first annual volume of British Rainfall, which contained records from 168 land stations in England and Wales. Three years later he resigned his appointment at the Board of Trade, where his rainfall inquiries were not appreciated by his boss Robert FitzRoy -- at least not as a prior study of storm-warnings -- and then devoted his whole energies to the organization of a band of volunteer observers for the collection of particulars of rainfall throughout the British Isles. So successful was he in this object that by 1866 he was able to show results which gave a fair representation of the distribution of rainfall, and the number of recorders gradually increased until the last volume of British Rainfall which he lived to edit (that for 1899) contained figures from 3528 stations--2894 in England and Wales, 446 in Scotland, and 188 in Ireland.
Apart from their scientific interest, these annual reports are of great practical importance, since they afford engineers and others engaged in water supply much-needed data for their calculations, the former absence of which had on some occasions given rise to grave mistakes. Symons himself devoted special study not only to rainfall, but also to the evaporation and percolation of water as affecting underground streams, and his extensive knowledge rendered him a valuable witness before parliamentary committees. He was responsible for the first systematic recording of rainfall patterns in Britain and Ireland, and never received any payment for his work.
In other branches of meteorology also he took a keen interest, and he was particularly indefatigable, though consistently unsuccessful, in the quest of a genuine thunderbolt. The history of the science too attracted his attention, and he possessed a fine library of meteorological works, which passed to the Royal Meteorological Society at his death. Of that society he became a member when only eighteen, and he retained his connection with it in various official capacities up to the end of his life. He served as its president in 1880, and in view of the celebration of its jubilee was re-elected to that office in 1900, but the illness that caused his death prevented him from acting. He died in London on the 10th of March 1900, and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.
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In Hong Kong, the new senior secondary school biology and combined science curriculum effective from September 2009 contain a statement in the part of evolution that may encourage unscientific theories to be propagated in science classes. The related passage reads:
"In addition to Darwin's theory, students are encouraged to explore other explanations for evolution and the origins of life, to help illustrate the dynamic nature of scientific knowledge."
News media reported that at least 31 secondary schools in Hong Kong have already admitted to teach Creationism and/or Intelligent Design as an alternative to the theory of evolution during science lessons. The Education Bureau first turned their back to the complaining scientists from the University of Hong Kong, but later stated in a TV program that creationism is not “considered as an alternative to Darwin’s theory”.
In the same TV program a secondary school principal lashed out at the scientists for being narrow-minded by expelling religious ideas. Another secondary school principal said on the newspaper that "Our religious belief does not approve of evolution" . In early May 2009, a group of 62 people, including educators and scientists, signed a statement calling for controversial guidelines to be retained because it is "stimulating, balanced, non-biased and has worked well" .
To date, the theory of evolution is the only robust and established scientific theory regarding the biodiversity on Earth. It has stood numerous tests ever since publishing, and is supported by overwhelming evidence and confirmed by other areas of sciences like biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physics and geology. This central theory in biology has substantially contributed to many of the greatest scientific and technological advancements in modern medicine and agriculture, thus has saved many lives and improved their living.
The other "explanations", such as Creationism or Intelligent Design, are not even consistent with the definition of science, and have been dismissed by scientists worldwide as pseudo-sciences with strong reasons. Scientists have already stated openly and widely that these unscientific ideas should not be taught in science classes .
The problematic statement in the new biology and combined science syllabuses will open a loophole for pseudo-sciences, resulting in a great damage to quality education in Hong Kong, whereby knowledge on the theory and fact of evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with ideas or notions not testable by science, and thus contradicts the objectives of science education.
There are evidences showing damages have already been made to science education, as schools and teachers with religious background unscrupulously teach Creationism and Intelligent Design during science classes. Education Bureau, as stated in its vision statement, is responsible for providing quality education to our next generation; it must address this problem seriously and with urgency, and clearly expresses their position publicly, to prevent this problem from further spoiling Hong Kong’s international image.
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The Computer Science I course has been eliminated from the Saint Thomas Episcopal School’s curriculum. This has proven to be a catalyst for concern throughout much of the student body at Saint Thomas.
We therefore ask that the Computer Science I course be reestablished in a time period of a maximum of two school years. Technology is an ever-growing essential aspect of twenty-first century professions and college education. There should be a fair and equal balance between “Classical” and “Modern” education.
The State of Texas, as noted in 19 TAC 74; Subchapter B, requires a minimum of one computer science credit in order to graduate high school.
The majority of prominent public and private universities require a minimum of one computer science credit for admission.
We, the students, believe that in our right to an education, we must be equipped for the future, and the discontinuation of computer sciences is inadequately preparing us for a more technologically advanced future in careers and higher learning.
Dignity and meritrocracy for education is "hidden". Instead we are witnesses of a kind of bribery and illicit give and take.
WowWee Robotics makes a wide range of cutting-edge robotic toys. Unfortunately, some of them are now discontinued, such as the RoboSapien V2 and RoboSapien RS Media.
The RoboSapien RS Media is fully programmable with Linux operating system built in. There are a few good white-hat robot hackers out there that have developed the RS Media beyond what comes out of the box, due to the ability to utilize it's on-board Linux operating system and USB port. Schools have also used this robot as a teaching tool. The robot also has expandable memory via SD card and a secret built-in serial port console to get direct access to the robot's OS.
The RoboSapien V2 is a big upgrade from the original RoboSapien (which is not yet discontinued). He has the same full autonomous abilities and can move much the same as the RS Media model. While he can not be programmed via PC computer, the one feature many liked was his walking gait was a bit better and his hands featured 4 fingers (3 on top, 2 on bottom) instead of the two-on-top, one-on-bottom claw hands the RS Media features.
While many may buy robots as toys for their kids, we feel that these robots are also much loved by those of us in the robot community that love to program, alter, and improve these robots! We are not happy that WowWee has decided to discontinue the RS Media and V2 RoboSapien models without at least implementing the much loved features in a new version.
گزارش های نگران کننده ای از تصمیم اتحادیه اروپا ، برای قرار دادن نام دانشگاه صنعتی شریف( از دانشگاه های معتبر ایران) در لیست جدید تحریم ها علیه فعالیت های غنی سازی اورانیوم دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران در دست قرار دارد
This petition is against President Barrack H. Obama's promise to lift the ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research (hESCR.) Note: hESCR is NOT illegal. But it does, however, have restrictions that prevent clinics to use and destroy large amounts of embryos for the benefit of medical science.
But now, Obama wants to lift these restrictions so that we can find new cures for diseases. However, while it may seem as a great success, it's killing thousands of embryos within the first couple of days of conception.
New research is bringing the possibility of screening for autistic embryos closer. This would mean that a woman could choose to abort an otherwise healthy embryo on the grounds of autism. This is just plain wrong.
Many people do not understand the basic facts about autism. Allow me to explain them. Autistics do not function well in social situations, preferring to be alone or only with close friends once in a while. They often interpret things literally and do not "get" jokes. They can be of average or above average intelligence, as opposed to the false view that they are in any way retarded. They can talk at length about the things that interest them.
Neurotypicals (so-called "normal people") see autistic people as "weird" because they don't understand autism.
As an autistic person myself, I think it is shocking that we are seen as somehow unhuman. Who says we have less right to life than anyone else? This "research" is in violation of our human rights.
What if they wanted to abort homosexuals or something? There'd be outrage, of course. Both are merely different ways of thinking.
Darwin’s legendary book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, is frequently listed as one of the greatest books ever written. The three critical ideas he developed in it are:
* The fact that evolution occurs.
* The theory of natural selection is the driving force or mechanism behind the process of evolution.
* The concept of phylogeny, that all forms of life are related to one another genealogically, through their pedigree or "family's roots."
In 1859, Lord Palmerston proposed to Queen Victoria that Charles Darwin should be conferred a knighthood. The proposal was abandoned, however, when Bishop Wilberforce intervened to stop the idea as it contradicted the beliefs his religion held on how humans were created. As it was proposed while he was alive but refused on religious grounds I personally believe that this qualifies as a disservice to the process of Knighthood. It was religious persecution, only 'religious logic' was taken as evidence for abandonment. His life's work changed the world forever, he did not set out to claim or nor did he ever claim to defy the existence of god yet was removed from consideration as it went against the teaching of a select number of religions. Therefore I believe the process of attaining knighthood for Darwin was unfairly guided and subjugated purely on the basis of religious persecution at the time. We live in a different age now, I do believe that rectifying this matters.
In the words of Sir Julian Huxley:
"Darwin's work ... put the world of life into the domain of natural law. It was no longer necessary or possible to imagine that every kind of animal or plant had been specially created, nor that the beautiful and ingenious devices by which they get their food or escape their enemies have been thought out by some supernatural power, or that there is any conscious purpose behind the evolutionary process. If the idea of natural selection holds good, then animals and plants and man himself have become what they are by natural causes, as blind and automatic as those which go to mould the shape of a mountain, or make the earth and the other planets move in ellipses round the sun. The blind struggle for existence, the blind process of heredity, automatically result in the selection of the best adapted types, and a steady evolution of the stock in the direction of progress..."
"Darwin's work has enabled us to see the position of man and of our present civilization in a truer light. Man is not a finished product incapable of further progress. He has a long history behind him, and it is a history not of a fall, but of an ascent. And he has the possibility of further progressive evolution before him. Further, in the light of evolution we learn to be more patient. The few thousand years of recorded history are nothing compared to the million years during which man has been on earth, and the thousand million years of life's progress. And we can afford to be patient when the astronomers assure us of at least another thousand million years ahead of us in which to carry evolution onwards to new heights."
The following video is the first of five which details Darwin's life, the title is 'Charles Darwin - Evolution's voice'.
The above video is the first part in a series of five running almost an hour. To watch the entire program please see the following links in order:
Part 2 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=pn3Zclb7how&feature=related
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcSmdZOrtbo&NR=1
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGKDSIKbzJc&NR=1
Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4h8JGZcw_c&feature=related
This online petition will be used in conjunction with physically collected signatures and headed by a formal request detailing Charles Darwin's achievements and reflecting how he forever changed the world. To aid in physically collecting signatures please contact me via my profile. I will not get into debates on the subject of the petition.
Anyone who chooses to sign this petition please pass the link on to those who you believe would be interested in signing this petition. Thank you.