Kansas wants to replace Theory of Gravity with “Intelligent Falling.”

“Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, ‘God’ if you will, is pushing them down,” said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

Burdett added: “Gravity — which is taught to our children as a law — is founded on great gaps in understanding. The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force. Isaac Newton himself said, ‘I suspect that my theories may all depend upon a force for which philosophers have searched all of nature in vain.’ Of course, he is alluding to a higher power.”

[…] The ECFR, in conjunction with the Christian Coalition and other Christian conservative action groups, is calling for public-school curriculums to give equal time to the Intelligent Falling theory. They insist they are not asking that the theory of gravity be banned from schools, but only that students be offered both sides of the issue “so they can make an informed decision.”

“We just want the best possible education for Kansas’ kids,” Burdett said.

Proponents of Intelligent Falling assert that the different theories used by secular physicists to explain gravity are not internally consistent. Even critics of Intelligent Falling admit that Einstein’s ideas about gravity are mathematically irreconcilable with quantum mechanics. This fact, Intelligent Falling proponents say, proves that gravity is a theory in crisis.

Gotta love The Onion. Found via ***Dave who ponders if we’ll see this actually end up on the AP wires. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

7 thoughts on “Kansas wants to replace Theory of Gravity with “Intelligent Falling.”

  1. This has to be a joke.
    I mean, Chances are my son won’t have to go through this shit up here in Canada. But it still saddens me to see that intelligent people who probably don’t even believe in that sort of stuff, promote it mainly to be in the spotlight.

    This is also an attempt at mass brainwash.

    They are trying to teach young kids about intelligent design because at their age they are vulnerable….they will believe what you will tell them. It might also be appealing for the same kids to be part of a little revolution bashing science and evolution.

    I have a feeling that there is an other purpose to all of this …Conspiracy, conspiracy, conspiracy!!!

    I’ll go think about how I’ll formulate my theory.

  2. You’re absolutely right. It is a joke. See the link to The Onion I placed at the bottom of the entry and the fact that it’s filed in the Humor category.

  3. Les,  I had noticed that the story in question was more than a little flaky. But in the rest of my post I am referring to the “intelligent design vs evolution” debate in the U.S.
    It’s just unbelievable!! There are no other words for it.
    I sincerly hope that it’s JUST politics.

  4. It’s not about politics, it’s all about power and control, literally control of thoughts and everything.
    Just like Taliban!

  5. I realize that this story came out of The Onion, but didn’t I send you a link to a story pretty darn close to it from another “news” site? It was talking about Kansas and their IT deliberations, however, I thought it mentioned that they were also attacking Gravity too. Mind you, it should have been a “news” organization that thinks that The Onion is a legit news source…

    Anywho… Look, the US is probably one of the few countries on this planet that isn’t driven by religion in it’s politics. At least not as much as some. However, it really looks like the tide is changing there and the push is to a religious state. If for some outrageous reason, this were to come to pass, a “holy” or second civil war could well be in our (the US’s) future.

    One would think that history would not repeat itself when it comes to this, but with the US’s educational system in the state it’s in, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see a holy/civil war come to pass here.

    I was amazed to see a company I used to work for before the kicked me out the door still singing the praises for No Child Left Behind. They spent tons of money developing a management system for their software that would help schools be accountable for their students scores. That company is just about to hit rock bottom in sales and profits. It didn’t help that they were sued for selling software to home users that was contractually not supposed to be sold to the home. Sorry getting off topic there… I have a small amount of their stock and am torn between wanting them to do well enough to get my money back and wanting them die, die, die! heh

  6. While humorous, this story contains a bit of truth as reported from the BBC.

    Science teachers and scientists in the state of Kansas made the mistake of boycotting similar school board hearings, saying they didn’t want to dignify ID with serious rebuttal. As a consequence, it looks as if Kansas is also on the brink of opening its classrooms to ID. BBC News

    Kansas would actually be the fourth state to put ID and evolution on the same level.  Some states such as Texas have even gone as far as to include Bible study courses as part of their curriculum.

    I found it telling that many ID supporters take comfort in the misconception that they were created in gawd’s image instead of having evolved from a lower class of primates.

    Lark Myers, a shop owner in Dover, says: “I definitely would prefer that God created men than that I’m the 50th cousin of a silverback ape.”

    Ignorance breeds stupidity which breeds religion.

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