Letter: Turtle warning’s fun fact is really a fun theory

To the editor:

As a Bloomington resident, I appreciate your newspaper and read it every week.

I am interested in nature and was reading the June 22 paper. Under the community notes section there was an article entitled, “Turtles are searching for nesting grounds.” Part of it read, “A fun fact about turtles is that they evolved 200 million years ago and their shell has remained unchanged for millions of years.”

Evolution is a theory; therefore, we cannot stay it is a fun fact. We can, however, call it a fun theory.

Part of the creation account in Genesis reads, “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth creatures after their kind. Cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind;’ and it was so.” This concludes that God spoke the turtles into existence. It happened around 6,000 years ago.

The rest of the article was interesting and informative. Hopefully the community will read and heed it, and help turtles thrive in their part of the wild kingdom.

 

Jake Seres

Bloomington

  • Saturnian

    I’m glad to see that Jake learned something from the article. The part he added – not so much. Jake still needs to read some more science oriented stuff (and maybe learn what “scientific theory” means).

  • wfraser11

    Jake. Stop breaking the pills in half.

  • wfraser11

    You might want to look up the term scientific theory and/or evolution as well because its clear you don’t know anything about either term.

  • wfraser11

    There is no debate about the scientific theory of evolution’s place in established science. There are no alternative theories. If you have research and data supporting your claim that evolution is not a valid, established scientific theory supported by all credible university science departments, peer reviewed science journals, credible science organizations and the US courts and mainstream christian denominations, what is it? Your religious interpretation of the bible is not science according to the courts, mainstream churches or universities, science organizations and science journals. If you have an alternative theory you should send it straight to Oslo so you can collect your Nobel prize. Because your religious views don’t change the science behind evolution one iota.
    So attacking an established science theory like evolution because of your religious beliefs is because of what reason again?
    Go ahead Mr Editor. Delete this too.

    • Saturnian

      I had my comment in “pending” for over a day. Long weekend for the editor?

  • wfraser11

    !?!

  • Reflect0ry

    Jake, I’m with you. You obviously have such firm grasp of what “theory” means in the context of science. It is certainly not a “well established explanatory framework”; rather, it is the “untested conjecture” of your lay lexicon. But you shouldn’t stop at the “theory” of evolution: there are many more scientific theories that can be the target of your righteous anger.

    The germ “theory” of disease! I ain’t never seen no germs! Diseases are caused by those mean demons wanting to corrupt the children of God. And don’t get me started on the “theory” of gravity! What’s it ever done for anybody? Nothing! Just keeping everybody down is what I say!

  • Mark N

    And we can call you what for not knowing anything about your own planet and the animals on it?

  • brian dean

    ““A fun fact about turtles is that they evolved 200 million years ago and their shell has remained unchanged for millions of years.”

    Evolution is a theory; therefore, we cannot stay it is a fun fact. We can, however, call it a fun theory.”
    The theory of evolution explains our evolutionary history. Part of that history is the fact that turtles evolved 200 million years ago.

    And yes, I agree that the theory of evolution is fun.

    The creationist belief that the world and life on it began 6,000 years ago barely reaches the level of hypothesis and is neither fact nor theory.

  • tallgrass05

    When you dismiss evolution as just “a theory”, you demonstrate total ignorance regarding both science and evolution. Feel free to educate yourself, there are many avenues to do so.