Actually he was denied tenure because he was way behind as far as what was required in securing grants. Also most of his publications were in Intelligent Design journals and are almost all unrecognized by most of the scientific community. The fact that he was/is an Astronomy professor makes his views on the creation of the world completely material to how he does his job. Since intelligent design is, by definition, not science then it makes sense that he not get tenure.
The internal emails among those against him said very little about the grants. The fact that those journals are not recognized by the scientific community speaks more about the closed mindedness of the scientific community than the scientific validity of ID. There are many unexplainables in the scientific community which increase the possibility that life on this planet is not random. The same arguements were used against Columbus by the scientists of the day who claimed the world was flat. Yes it's been 500 years, but I'm pretty sure science still doesn't know everything.
The real problem is that the astrology dept. is full of atheists. Not that there is anything wrong with being atheist, but it does close their minds to other possibilities which deserve to be given consideration. I have a real problem as a taxpayer in the state of Iowa having to support this nonsense.
I see this all the time where I work. So many people have no skills or common sense, and I'm talking about even people in their 40s or 50s, who should have developed something from life. We're doomed as a country. Not being pessimistic, just realistic. An awful lot of people have no aspirations, no education, and are totally happy about it.
Haven't read the thread at all because I tend to be an optimist.
I will say one of the most successful people I know is an old high school friend who got kicked out of high school before he graduated. He got his girlfriend pregnant at 19 and got married.
24 years they've raised two great kids, own a very prosperous business and are muli-millionares.
Despite having no education, they work hard, are smart and aren't afraid to think outside of the box. More people who think they're smart need to think that way in my opinion.
And gosh the article's about a customer service job with AT & T. How good a job is that going to be?? And the CEO wonders why he can't fill postions?
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