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Sowing Atheism: The National Academy of Sciences' Sinister Scheme to Teach Our Children They're Descended from Reptiles Paperback – April 23, 2008
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Welcome to the war on reason. Things are getting out of hand, here. Faith-based science has given us such wonders as the Inquisition and the papal repression of Galileo's contention that the Earth orbits the sun.
Science is a *process* folks: you observe phenomena, formulate a theory, try to disprove the theory. Mistakes get made. Eventually, mistakes get corrected. Faith-based "science" education is about as valid as faith-based diplomacy: A feature of Iran's and Bush's foreign policy. Very difficult to change a decision that God inspired. Mistakes inspired by God can't be mistakes, can they?
This book is, unfortunately, a treatise in deception, I would not recommend it to anyone.
Consider this passage:
"Imagine yourself standing in the administrative offices of your local junior high school. You are there to bring a forgotten lunch to one of your children. Two tall, forbidding men enter wearing black business suits with red-letter NAS (National Academy of Sciences) armbands. They sneer and brush past you. They ignore the receptionist and the other people working there, and head straight for the principal's office. Just as the startled educator looks up at the intruders, both slam their fists on his desk. In unison, they cry, "We represent infallible science. You must teach these children that they are descended from reptiles. It is impossible to disprove our findings, and wrong to challenge them; therefore, no other point of view will be tolerated."
So now scientists dress like identical twin Nazis, too? Really? This book is good for a laugh, then a tear as you realize that the state of Texas is seriously considering removing the teaching of evolution from schools. If successful, I expect Texas will begin unicorn hunts the following year.
Science is not a democracy. That is, theories and principles in science are not taught based on which are the most popular, or which can get the most "votes". Principles are based on study and experimentation. Hypothesis which cannot be tested cannot be considered science.
However, this book seems to know that it cannot make its case on such rational footing, and instead primarily resorts to fear-mongering to try and paint scientists opposed to creationism as unholy atheist with sinister hidden agendas. It attempts to depict an Orwellian future where the "science police" run schools and where free though is discouraged. I personally find this quite reprehensible, but I suppose an actual debate on the merits would be too close to science.
But even though I gave it five stars, I cannot say it is a perfect book. There is so much more Johnson could have done to illuminate the Academy's true motivation. It has to be more than simply a desire to promote atheism. There must be some kind of economic motivation as well.
It's a shame Mr. Johnson didn't look into ties between the Academy and the contraceptive industry. It's a natural alliance, evolution and immorality, and one has to wonder if that's why scientists are so bent on establishing a relationship between God's children and that most immoral of apes, the bonobo.
Bonobos engage in all the most sinful acts of sexual immorality, everything from "thingy fencing" to "tongue spelunking." They do it to keep peace inside their group. They do not handle strife in a godly way--it is not settled by punishment or execution--it is resolved by hot, wild, orgasmic, wicked, ape sex, fluid flinging orgies of disgusting primate love.
And that's what the contraceptive industry would like to see in human society. Free love, fornication, adultery are good for their bottom line.
Bonobos, evolution, the contraceptive industry, and the Academy: there has to be a link there somewhere. Perhaps Mr. Johnson could look into it in his next book.
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What's the difference between fanatic religion and evolutionism? Nothing.
Both are faith based with no fossil records of their gods or missing links. Read more
I bought this book because I wanted to see how the creationist reasons.
I had many good laughs at it.
The content is somewhat mixed. Read more
Very thought provoking. If you are a person who does not believe that religion or "belief" should be taught in public schools you should read this book. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by J. k.
This is a very humorous book, and it reads like a parody of a madman. The author would have his readers believe that there is a multi-generational world-wide conspiracy among all... Read morePublished on June 18, 2010 by Burrowing Owl
By presenting Atheism as the only alternative to accepting the mythological story of the creation that's presented in Genesis Johnson has drawn a false dichotomy and has committed... Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Ian Reid
From its opening salvo, which paints a picture of the NAS as a Gestapo-like entity busting into schools to terrorize students and faculty, the ill-informed agenda of this book is... Read morePublished on March 18, 2009 by Tim Keating
I guess name calling is great entertainment, and possibly fiction, but I wouldn't look to this book for any actual information on science or the National Academy of Sciences. Read morePublished on March 18, 2009 by Phoebe Grigg