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People are awesome: 19-yr-old gives creationists a run for their money

Lindsey Smith

From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, activist Zack Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians, and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 10,000 + students, teachers and others around the country. The Rice University history major now joins Bill to talk about fighting laws and voucher programs that let publicly-funded creationist curricula in the back door.

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  • Insectman

    Zach is just another hot-air true believer in evolutionism.

    Go to thelife science prize (org) website and see his name at #184.

  • Botha

    Creationism was never banned from being taught in schools, the 'theory' of Evolution was just stuffed into every textbook around. Why and how can Evolution, an unproven theory, be the only basis for chemistry, psychics and biology classes and textbooks and any other teachings and 'theories' such as Creationism automatically get left out? Zack might be a good speaker and have a lot of support for what he is doing, but that does not at all make it right.

    • Dale Cuffe

      Actually Creatonism was banned from being taught as science in schools in the Dover trial. It is not a theory, it is a hypothesis. One that is demonstrably false. Evolution is also not an 'unproven theory' there is no such thing. You have no understanding of what the word theory means in science. A theory is an explanation of facts that passes rigorous and regular testing via the scientific method. Evolution is a fact. The theory of evolution is the best explanation of that fact and the details. There are segments of the theory that remain unknown and segments that are subject to debate. However change over time is a scientific fact. This has long been accepted by the scientific community.

      • K Davila

        No, sir. Scientist accept evolution as fact based on their assumptions that evolution was real, yet there has been no "missing link" ever found to prove this. Even Darwin admitted that natural selection was more practical than to believe than to believe that an organism over time mutated into something else.

        Textbooks present evolution in two different ways—small, observable changes (natural selection, speciation, adaptation) and large, unobservable changes (molecules-to-man evolution). They show evidence for the former and then conclude that this proves that the latter took place as well.

        As our understanding of genetics has improved, it has become increasingly clear that mutations + time + chance do not equal evolution. All observed mutations demonstrate a loss of genetic information from the genetic code, or they are neutral. Evolution claims that the process has no direction or goal. If you look at the complexity of the “first” organism, it must be accepted that a massive amount of information has been produced to explain the variety of life we see today. Mutations cannot generate new genetic information; so they cannot be used to explain how evolution has proceeded from a cell with less information than is present in modern cells.

        Not saying that folks don't have a right to believe in evolution but it is just as unproveable as creationism therefore, the former should not be valued over the other as fact. How can one belief system get public funding but the other cannot?

  • Mark-Anthony

    Impressive kid. I support his mission, keep doing great things.

  • Andrea Ingham

    i organized the now defunct AIDs and Evolution conference at McGill in 2007. teaching creationism in school might not seem like a big deal until you see the effect lobbyists have on AIDs research and public health. four mcgill profs and four harvard profs : )