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Science doesnât have all the answers

By Terence E. B. Paige
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
February 18, 2000
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To the editor,

The sciences are all about the constant questioning of what we think we know. Years of research are poured into determining what we already knew and then filed away, only to be examined over again by students looking for obscure reference material.

Given the subject, amendments are possible. Darwin's evolution does indeed have a few flaws: par example - evolution only occurs over extended periods of time. This would be refuted by the adaptation of bacteria to certain antibiotics. Yet that same instance supports the concept of "survival of the fittest." Any bacteria predisposed to or not completely lysed by the bactericidal agent could be considered the fittest, as they have survived.

So, allow for the introduction of contradictory facts, so long as the argument presented does not consist wholly of "Because Jesus said so!"

Depending on your perspective and desired goal, you can use science to prove and disprove whatever you so choose.

However, if the papal forces must once again go tinkering with Galileo's work, the favor must be returned. All theological students should be required to learn why they are wrong and why somebody elsewhere is really in touch with "The One TRUE God."

Not to say that the universe is random - far from it. The possibility that all this is completely an accident is going against the belief that all scientists hold, that there is a universal order. Just because Einstein didn't complete a Unified Field Theory, doesn't mean we are doomed to existentialism.

The ultimate proof will be when all scientific funding to the university is cut off. Because the med school graduates will all argue that small gnomes are the root of our ills, and what we all need is a good letting of the blood.

Terence E. B. Paige

Environmental science and technology sophomore

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