Lunatic “science” textbooks

Every now and then I’m reminded that there’s this strange parallel world of religiously driven “science” education. One example that recently came my way is the The Quest for Right series of texts, advertising itself as “the ultimate marriage between an in-depth knowledge of biblical phenomena and natural and physical sciences.”

Apparently, “physical science” opposes evolution. But what the texts mean by physical science is very different from, well, physics. They appear to oppose quantum mechanics, indeed almost all of modern physics. High weirdness.

This is just one example. Presumably a good number (how many?) of Christian and homeschooled kids in the United States get this sort of thing in the name of science education. It won’t directly affect scientific institutions—we only need small numbers of people eventually going into basic science, and religious distortions of science tend not to affect applied science as much. But I expect this sort of thing does not help the cultural position of science, in the end.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08964658430856685576 Yoo

    If they’re going to peddle fake science, then I wish they’d try living with only their fake science and not with any of the products from real science. But I don’t expect anything but hypocrisy from them, and their having a website does nothing but reinforce my expectations.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12708768497461983779 nolandda

    According to United States Department of Education report NCES 2003-42, “Homeschooling in the United States: 2003″, there was an increase in homeschooled students in the U.S. from 850,000 students in 1999 (1.7 percent of the total student population) to 1.1 million students in 2003 (2.2 percent of the total student population).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling#United_States

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12708768497461983779 nolandda

    That includes all homeschooled students. I certainly believe that the majority of them are religious types who homeschool because of the perceived evils of the secular public school system.

    However there are also some homeschoolers who are not opposed to evolution and other findings of modern science.

    According to
    this table about 72% of parents who are homeschooling are doing so at least in part to provide “religious or moral instruction.”

    Of course some of those will be catholics or others that believe in evolution and other findings of modern science.

    A good upper bound would be to say that not more than (1.1M*70%=) 770,000 students are getting this kind of bad instruction at any given time, probably quite a bit less.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04995248485282697630 C. David Parsons

    THE BIGGER PICTURE IN THE DEBATE ON DARWINISM IS NOT INTELLIGENT DESIGN.

    The reason is elementary: the Discovery Institute and other ID proponents leave out the Triune God, Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Hence, Richard Dawkins can make the case for “aliens” seeding the earth.

    The Quest for Right, a series of 7 textbooks created for the public schools, represents the ultimate marriage between an in-depth knowledge of biblical phenomena and natural and physical sciences. The several volumes have accomplished that which, heretofore, was deemed impossible: to level the playing field between those who desire a return to physical science in the classroom and those who embrace the theory of evolution. The Quest for Right turns the tide by providing an authoritative and enlightening scientific explanation of natural phenomena which will ultimately dethrone the unprofitable Darwinian view.

    “I am amazed at the breadth of the investigation – scientific history, biblical studies, geology, biology, geography, astronomy, chemistry, paleontology, and so forth – and find the style of writing to be quite lucid and aimed clearly at a general, lay audience.” ― Mark Roberts, former Editor of Biblical Reference Books, Thomas Nelson Publishers.

    The Quest for Right series of books, based on physical science, the old science of cause and effect, has effectively dismantled the quantum additions to the true architecture of the atom. Gone are the nonexistent particles once thought to be complementary to the electron and proton (examples: neutrons, neutrinos, photons, mesons, quarks, Z’s, bosons, etc.) and a host of other pseudo particles.

    To the curious, scientists sought to explain Atomic theory by introducing fantastic particles that supposedly came tumbling out of the impact between two particles, when in fact, the supposed finds were simply particulate debris. There are only two elementary particles which make up the whole of the universe: the proton and electron. All other particles were added via quantum magic and mathematical elucidation in an attempt to explain earthly phenomena without God.

    Introducing the scheme of coincidence, which by definition, “is the systematic ploy of obstructionists who, in lieu of any divine intervention, state that any coincidental grouping or chance union of electrons and protons (and neutrons), regardless of the configuration, always produces a chemical element. This is the mischievous tenet of electron interpretation which states that all physical, chemical, and biological processes result from a change in the electron structure of the atom which, in turn, may be deciphered through the orderly application of mathematics, as outlined in quantum mechanics. A few of the supporting theories are: degrading stars, neutron stars, black holes, extraterrestrial water, antimatter, the absolute dating systems, and the big bang, the explosion of a singularity infinitely smaller than the dot of an “i” from which space, time, and the massive stellar bodies supposedly sprang into being.

    The Quest for Right is not only better at explaining natural phenomena, but also may be verified through testing. As a consequence, the material in the several volumes will not violate the so-called constitutional separation of church and state. Physical science, the old science of cause and effect, will have a long-term sustainability, replacing irresponsible doctrines based on whim. Teachers and students will rejoice in the simplicity of earthly phenomena when entertained by the new discipline.

    The Quest for Right. http://questforright.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08964658430856685576 Yoo

    From their website:
    The several volumes have accomplished that which, heretofore, was deemed impossible: to level the playing field between those who desire a return to physical science in the classroom and those who embrace the theory of evolution.

    Which is very ironic since the theory of evolution is consistent with modern theories of physics, while this series of books peddles a pseudo-science.

    (Wouldn’t a wholesale copy-and-paste from their website in the comment above constitute a copyright violation?)

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