links for 2007-11-16

You Can Never Go Home Again

Doug pointed to this article about the Kansas school board’s hearings on evolution.

Kansas Debate Challenges Science Itself [AP via Yahoo!]
The Kansas school board’s hearings on evolution weren’t limited to how the theory should be taught in public schools. The board is considering redefining science itself. Advocates of “intelligent design” are pushing the board to reject a definition limiting science to natural explanations for what’s observed in the world.

Instead, they want to define it as “a systematic method of continuing investigation,” without specifying what kind of answer is being sought. The definition would appear in the introduction to the state’s science standards.

For those of you that don’t know, I grew up in rural Kansas and spent the first 25 years of my life there.

[update:] I was not thinking about Grosse Pointe Blank, which I have never seen. More along the lines of You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe.