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  1. I have a professor who teaches my Exercise, Nutrition, and Wellness class who has hinted on more than one occasion that the theory of evolution can't be true.

    He thinks the claim that human beings evolved from primates, and by extension microorganisms is totally bogus. Human beings, particularly how the body works internally, are far too complex, mysterious, and perfect to have possibly evolved from things that are so simple and vulnerable.

    Having been in his class, he's highly educated, enthusiastic about the subject, and far from stubborn. I trust his judgment on a lot of things and he's by far more involved with the class than any of my other instructors. I don't know for sure if he believes in creationism, but I've overheard him telling a story to someone about some people he met at a church, so he may be an active church goer. He researches nutrition and physical exercises daily on the internet and on youtube and has something new to tell us every class, often finding out interesting stuff, and even finding articles claiming some human body functions that scientists have yet to have clear explanations for.

    I'm not necessarily saying I agree or disagree with him, but I find it interesting to hear someone like him who is well educated and otherwise very open-minded make the claim that evolution can't be real. I haven't yet picked his brain about it, as I'd rather complete the semester and get my final grade before possibly offending him if I sound too contrarian to his beliefs.

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    2. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      Mithran Denizen said:

      Not that I'd be surprised if your prof actually does have background in biology, either.

      I'd be a little alarmed if he didn't at least understand human biology. Someone who isn't up to speed on how the body actually works has no business teaching exercise and nutrition as a profession IMO. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows what he's talking about.

      Going with that idea, I don't think his feelings on evolution are compatible with what he's teaching, even if they don't necessarily impede one another. He's entitled to have whatever alternative explanation he has, but I think he should keep this stuff out of the classroom. It's a fair point that no one knows everything about everything and can be right all the time, but whereas anyone who knows what Einstein or Mozart were famous for wouldn't waste their time with questions about horticulture or Judaism, it's not unreasonable to expect someone who understands the science of his body to also understand how it came to be, and to not dismiss the best explanation science has as "bogus".

    3. Dragonsbrethren

      Dragonsbrethren

      DoomUK said:

      I'd be a little alarmed if he didn't at least understand human biology. Someone who isn't up to speed on how the body actually works has no business teaching exercise and nutrition as a profession IMO. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows what he's talking about.

      Yeah, pretty much my thoughts.

    4. Coopersville

      Coopersville

      Hmm... so evolution's weakness lies within kinesiology. I guess no one thought to look.

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