I just got back from a performance of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, and I found it was very shocking. I think it’s legal to teach evolution in schools today (although I am sadly not very confident in making that assertion), and at the rate we’re going now, it won’t be legal in a few years. I guess competition encourages creativity and logic, and lack of it destroys it. There were lots of serious problems during the Cold War, and I’m certainly not going to deny that, but the governments of the US and the USSR supported advances in science and technology. What about now? The US government actively discourages belief in science. (After all, clearly if we don’t do anything logical and just pray all our problems will go away. Right?) Thinking of such stupidity fills me with so much anger. Probably more than anything else.
Since I am a member of a religion that is far from dominant in this country or world or anywhere else except one small country 7000 or so miles away, I feel that I should be able to get equal religious treatment to everyone else. I am happy to learn a certain amount about Christianity if Christians (generically in some undefinable sense) are willing to learn the same amount about Judaism. But why does it make sense for me to learn more about Christianity than that unless I am genuinely interested? (And I’m not.) Or, rather, why should I be forced to if I wish to attend a public school or can’t afford to attend a private school or whatever other reasons I may have for entrusting my education to the school that my parents’ taxes supposedly support? (I wrote one of my college essays on this topic, although my thoughts were probably somewhat less clearly formed then than they are now.)
I suppose the only logical argument against evolution is that illogical people are still around. One would think they wouldn’t have survived the “survival of the fittest” game for long.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. I’m at college to take classes, aren’t I? They’re going very well except for the game theory discussion sections. Those are still disastrous. And why do many of the homework problems for probability theory have absolutely no content? I think any two-year-old who understands Markov chains (maybe a stretch, but they’re not too hard conceptually if presented right) would think some of these things are obvious. And easy to prove.