Subject: C'ism = science @ SFSU ? (Hmmm.I'm new here so I hope this works out.) I may have

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Subject: C'ism = science @ SFSU ? Organization: California State University, Sacramento From: (Kathleen Anderson) Message-ID: <> Newsgroups: (Hmmm...I'm new here so I hope this works out...) I may have missed any note of it, but are you aware of the current controversy at San Francisco State University? A longtime professor of biology has been removed from teaching a non-majors's biology class (Bio 100) because of his inclusion of "intelligent design" in the class curriculum. The professor has challenged his reassignment on the ground of violation of his academic freedom, and indeed, SFSU's Academic Freedom Committee has taken up his cause and is pressing for his reinstatement. The Dept. of Biology and the Div. of Science has refused to reinstate him, and now the Academic Senate has the issue under discussion. Now a national body (American Association of University Professors, I think), has taken up the professor's cause, and suggests that SFSU's removal of the professor from the course may be grounds for their blacklisting of SFSU for its (presumed) violation of academic freedom. I'm just a student, but it seems painfully obvious to me that (1) creationism is not science, since it is neither testable nor falsifiable, and (2) a science classroom is for the teaching of science, not philosophy, so I am having trouble understanding all the organizational support being given to the errant professor. Is my analysis overly simplistic? Perhaps someone could enlighten me. Also, what would the ramifications be of a blacklisting by AAUP? Would / should anyone care? Most of the above information came from the "Golden Gater," SFSU's student paper, whose position varies from pretty much agreeing with mine (editorial) to saying that since a lot of students feel this is a free speech or academic freedom issue, the professor ought to be able to teach whatever he likes. (Would this extend to spontaneous generation, the-holocaust-did-not-happen, Mars is peopled with little green men?) I feel very strongly about this issue, since it represents "truth" in the Ed Rickettsian sense, and also epitomizes the intellectual fuzziness so rampant these days; creationism is not science, and neither does it straddle the line between philosophy and science, but my position seems to be losing ground, at least at SFSU. Comments? -- Kathleen Anderson "Until the lions have their historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter." - African proverb


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