Stephen Bratteng, a biology teacher at Westwood High School in Austin put this together. I got the list from him when I heard him testify in favor of solid science in biology textbooks, in hearings before the Texas State Board of Education in 2003.
Here are questions that evolution can answer, but intelligent design cannot.
If intelligent design cannot offer any insight into these things, but evolution can, why should we allow intelligent design or any other flaccid “alternative” to evolution into science classes? (Here’s the Institute for Creation Research, spending hundreds of words to fog over their inability to answer a single one of the questions!)
Why not teach our children the best we know, rather than junk we don’t know at all?
Mr. Bratteng’s 13 Questions
- Why does giving vitamin and mineral supplements to undernourished anemic individuals cause so many of them to die of bacterial infections?
- Why did Dr. Heimlich have to develop a maneuver to dislodge food particles from people’s wind pipes?
- Why does each of your eyes have a blind spot and strong a tendency toward retinal detachment? But a squid whose eyesight is just as sharp does not have these flaws?
- Why are depression and obesity at epidemic levels in the United States?
- When Europeans came to the Americas, why did 90 percent of the Native Americans die of European diseases but not many Europeans died of American diseases?
- Why do pregnant women get morning sickness?
- Why do people in industrialized countries have a greater tendency to get Crohn’s disease and asthma?
- Why does malaria still kill over a million people each year?*
- Why are so many of the product Depends sold each year?
- Why do people given anti-diarrheal medication take twice as long to recover from dysentery as untreated ones?
- Why do people of European descent have a fairly high frequency of an allele that can make them resistant to HIV infection?
- Close to home: Why do older men often have urinary problems?
- And why do so many people in Austin get cedar fever?
Of course, I don’t have the list of all the answers! (Can you help me out, Dear Reader? List what you know in comments.)
* Update November 2016: Actually, malaria death rates have been below a million/year worldwide since 2000; in 2015, fewer than 470,000 people died. At other posts on this blog you can learn that most of this great progress against malaria has been accomplished without DDT. Mr. Bratteng’s question remains valid, despite the happy decline in malaria deaths.