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Should Intelligent Weather Theory be taught in schools?

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This is a test to see how easy it is to argue for inclusion of alternative ideas in science classes, and how easy it is to make it look like there is a case for it.

Meteorology is the science of weather processes. This is a debate over whether alternative weather process theories should be taught alongside meteorology in schools. I am going to take the role of a person arguing that they should.

This in the religion & philosophy forum because I am going to ground my advocation of an alternative weather theory on religious/philosophical grounds (although I am going to claim the theory itself is not religious)

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I have a religious belief that the Earth is a living intelligent being and is directly controlling the weather. I believe that rain is a way for the Earth to manage cooling itself and feed the plants upon it. Hurricanes, tornados and lightning are created by the planet in reaction to anything harming it. I believe that by worshipping this Intelligent force, it will be more likely to spare me punishment.

I bring my children up to believe likewise. But when I send my children to state controlled school I find they are being taught that weather only has natural causes. Anti-religious bias of educators mean I can't teach my religion in schools, but what about a scientific alternative to naturalistic meteorology?

Me and some of my friends have got together and put together a scientific theory called Intelligent Weather Theory. This theory explains that an unknown intelligent force is controlling worldwide weather according to some unknown plan. because we leave the identity and motive of the intelligent force unknown this means it is not religious and so must be accepted by educators as a scientific theory.

The following arguments are that this theory should be taught in schools as an alternative to naturalistic meteorology:

1) Discrimination: It is discriminatory to only teach one explaination for the processes of weather. Either Intelligent Weather Theory should be taught alongside naturalistic Meteorology, or neither should be taught.

2) Education: It is better education to teach kids all possible explainations and let them decide for themselves. Teach the controversy.

3) Science: Meteorology is a science in crisis. Despite hundreds of years of meteorology, meteorologists still cannot accurately predict the weather, and they admit that they likely never will. The weather system is far too complex to explain by soley natural means. But Intelligent Weather Theory can explain everything about the weather easily. So it is a better scientific theory and so should be taught.

If anyone thinks they can defeat these arguments please try.
 

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By all means teach it in a philosophy or relgion course but it's not a scientific theory. Science is not about accuracy, it's about being testable and falsifiable. I am going to cut and paste my arguement against intelligent design and just put intelligent weather where intelligent design is.

Wether to teach intelligent design next to evolution as a "science" is completely fallacious if you want to go by strict standards of science.

Science is a process by which laws and theories are testable, but it does not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, contrary to public belief. In fact, there is very little science that does that.


In other words, science is not a list of laws and/or theories that have been proven. Rather, the requirement is that they are testable. To test an idea, we need to be able to utilize the idea to make a prediction. Many times, the prediction is specified in terms of what will happen if one does a particular experiment. However it can also be that the prediction needs to be specified in terms of an observation that has yet to be made. For example, this prediction could deal with what we might find if we dig in a certain location.


Is the theory of evolution, testable?

The prediction needs to be specified in terms of an observation that has yet to be made.

For example, this prediction could deal with what we might find if we dig in a certain location If macro-evolution has occurred, then we might expect to find certain fossils in certain locations (e.g., fossils would be found in strata from similar dates). If the actual observations match the predicted observations we have evidence in support for the theory. Evolution makes testable predictions regarding that the DNA of related species should be more similar than those that "look" the same but don't have any fossil evidence linking the two. As such, it is testable. Similarly, if the earth was so old, then we might expect to observe certain values from dating techniques in certain locations. As such, it is testable.

Thus, what makes evolution scientific is not whether it has been adequately tested but rather whether it is testable. In other words, if the question is whether the theory of evolution is science, then the debate is not over whether the theory of evolution has been "proven beyond a reasonable doubt" but rather whether it is falsifiable. And the answer to the latter is "yes". The theory of evolution is science.

( Not ony does evolution make testable predictions about micro-evolution,(antibiotic resistance) but it also makes testable predictions about macro-evolution and the age of the earth/universe.)

Has the theory of evolution been sufficiently tested? Of course not!
But that is okay

Advocates for intelligent design being taught in the classroom assert that their criticism of evolution is scientific, not religious.

But the intelligent design (also interject intelligent weather) theory have not yet been subjected to the normal process of scientific experimentation and debate and most importantly, it is not testable. Does it provide a better and easier explanation of diversity of life! (easier better explanation for weather?) Well hell yeah but that does not make scientific

No research supporting the claims of intelligent design (intelligent weather) has ever been published in any recognized, professional, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Therefore, question of whether there is an intelligent designer (intelliegent weather ) is untestable using the methods of science, and therefore is not a scientific claim and should not be taught in classrooms.

For the record, I believe in Intelligent design , but it is my religious belief.
 

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People that believe in ID probably also believe that the earth is flat.:rofl
 
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bandaidwoman said:
I am going to cut and paste my argument against intelligent design and just put intelligent weather where intelligent design is.
Okay

Wether to teach Intelligent Weather next to meteorology as a "science" is completely fallacious if you want to go by strict standards of science.
That's only because meteorologists define science in such a way as to exclude Intelligent Weather. The public education system indoctrinates kids that natural meteorology is some kind of fact, when there are serious holes in it. Also many meteorologists see problems with natural meteorology but are too scared to speak out because they will lose funding.

Science is a process by which laws and theories are testable, but it does not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, contrary to public belief. In fact, there is very little science that does that.
If meteorology isn't proven then how can it be taught as fact in schools? All I am saying is teach the alternative theory of Intelligent Weather alongside it. Otherwise you are restricting the education of kids. Let them decide for themselves. What are you afraid of?

In other words, science is not a list of laws and/or theories that have been proven. Rather, the requirement is that they are testable
But how is meteorology testable? It isn't testable. No matter what meteorologists observe they just fit it into their theory. When they make predictions and the weather turns out different than what they predicted they just shrug it off rather than admitting their theory is falsified.

Advocates for Intelligent Weather being taught in the classroom assert that their criticism of meteorology is scientific, not religious.
That is true. It isnt religious because it doesn't say exactly what is controlling the weather, it just says the evidence clearly points to some sort of intelligence controlling the weather. The global weather system is too complex to be the result of natural causes. Meteorology isn't really science, not where experiments can be done like in physics and chemistry.

But the Intelligent Weather theory has not yet been subjected to the normal process of scientific experimentation and debate and most importantly, it is not testable. Does it provide a better and easier explanation for weather? Well hell yeah but that does not make scientific
Natural meteorology isn't testable either. Meteorologists admit they often get predictions wrong.

No research supporting the claims of Intelligent Weather has ever been published in any recognized, professional, peer-reviewed scientific journal.
That's because meteorologists control all the scientific journals and they discriminate against anyone who advocates Intelligent Weather and won't publish anything they write. I know because I submitted a paper on it the subject and it was TURNED DOWN!

Therefore, question of whether there is an intelligent controller of weather is untestable using the methods of science, and therefore is not a scientific claim and should not be taught in classrooms.
It is testable, in some instances WE can create weather. There was this experiment done recently where they flew aircraft into some clouds and pumped out some chemicals. The result was that it caused it to rain. That proves that Intelligence can control the weather. If meteorologists were looking up that day they would wrongly assume the rain had a natural cause. That is why meteorology is flawed - it rules out the valid possibility of intelligence.
 
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OnionCollection said:
It is testable, in some instances WE can create weather. There was this experiment done recently where they flew aircraft into some clouds and pumped out some chemicals. The result was that it caused it to rain. That proves that Intelligence can control the weather. If meteorologists were looking up that day they would wrongly assume the rain had a natural cause. That is why meteorology is flawed - it rules out the valid possibility of intelligence.

Er, uh do you realize you are describing the very tests that meterologists conduct that makes it a testable science! They predict that if certain variables are controlled for in an controlled experimental manner then certain outcomes will happen (seed the clouds and rain will happen.) To say this proves that there is an intelligent designer is equivalent to saying that because we can create nuclear fusion (nuclear bomb) that all nuclear fusion processes require an intelligent designer! (As we all know this happens naturally in stars without intelligent guidance following the laws of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics)
 
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Here's an admission from a renowned meteorologist:

A computer model is always an imperfect picture of the way the atmosphere works. We don't have the computing resources to do it in great detail, and we simply don't understand the physical processes involved. Something like clouds, for example, are very difficult to put into a computer model. The detailed processes that go on, for example, how cloud droplets turn into rain, are not fully understood and yet are crucial to all kinds of weather modeling. Many processes in the real atmosphere simply can't be correctly modeled.

Dr. Eric Fetzer meteorologist at NASA
 
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To say this proves that there is an intelligent designer is equivalent to saying that because we can create nuclear fusion (nuclear bomb) that all nuclear fusion processes require an intelligent designer!
It proves that Intelligent Design of weather is possible, which is something naturalistic meteorology denies. Natural meteorology is incapable of detecting intelligence in weather and so is majorly flawed as we have empirical evidence that it does happen.

I am not disputing micro-weather by the way. Micro-weather such as small rainclouds occuring naturally has been proven in the lab. Macro-weather such as hurricanes, tornados and huge weather systems containing many fronts and storms requires an increase in complexity that cannot occur without an intelligent controller.
 

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Do you realize how medieval it is to say 'Well, since we really don't know why or how it happens, there must be a intelligent force behind it!"

Once again, I have to stess that science is not about accuracy, so who cares if weather forecasting is not accurate yet? You might as well call the whole field of medicine unscientific since so many of its predicitons are also inaccurate.

In addition, we haven't mastered the mathmatics and physics behind phenomenom that is slightly affected by the minutest variation in one variable among thousands. (although the chaos theory in physics is offering a promising insight into this.) That's all the meterologist is saying.

We still haven't a clue and are at a complete loss about how to cure the common cold, should we assume that there is some divine intelligent force guiding its elusive cure?


In addition, meterology is relatively new science compared to say, harnessing nuclear energy or genetic manipulation. It's a new science because we haven't come up with the right physics to define it.(although once again, chaos theory is close.) Until general relativity came along, we were at a loss to explain a lot of phenonmenom. (Did you know Newton thought God periodically pushed the planets back to orbit ( divine intervention) because his theory of gravity could not account for stable orbits!) Thank goodness general relativity came along and got rid of that misconception!


And yes, it is a field that relys heavily on computer modeling (whose programs are based on mathmatics we have yet to master ) which are not accurate but are gettiing more so with each decade. You think they don't use computer modeling to predict behavior in other fields of science such as mechanical engineering ( effect on car on impact) , a chemical reaction in large industrial furnaces etc? Unlike the weather, the others can be done relatively easily (smash a car and look at the damage add a certain molar concentration of a catlyst and see if the reaction goes etc.) They can find out right away if the computer modeling was true, and if it wasn't they adjust it. The key is, these other phenomenom require relatively few variables to be adjusted or kept constant and can be done at any time. The poor meterologist has to wait for the weather to happen!


Although computer modeling is imperfect, it is a form of testability. But I know they do a lot in other mediums, (they create small storms in laboratories etc.) which requires scientific knowledge of the chemistry behind condensation, precipitation, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and though primitive, are a form of testing.

Now design an experiment that tests for an intelligent weather designer, even one as imperfect as computer modeling.
 
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Weather isn't directly intelligently controlled. It's the product of the laws of physics: interactions between substances in our atmosphere with differing temperatures. I personally believe the intelligent designer (God) devised these universal physical laws that determine the behavior of matter in our universe. The laws of physics didn't randomly originate out of nowhere and it's naive to believe they did.
 

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Weather isn't directly intelligently controlled. It's the product of the laws of physics: interactions between substances in our atmosphere with differing temperatures. I personally believe the intelligent designer (God) devised these universal physical laws that determine the behavior of matter in our universe. The laws of physics didn't randomly originate out of nowhere and it's naive to believe they did.

you sound like a Diest! That's pretty much my philosophy (god created the universe and let it run according to natural laws...ie: he wound up the clock and let it run.)
 

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Wasn't the original post supposed to be facetious?
 
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The Real McCoy said:
Weather isn't directly intelligently controlled. It's the product of the laws of physics: interactions between substances in our atmosphere with differing temperatures. I personally believe the intelligent designer (God) devised these universal physical laws that determine the behavior of matter in our universe. The laws of physics didn't randomly originate out of nowhere and it's naive to believe they did.
We call this viewpoint Meteorological Theism. A person believes in naturalistic meteorology which was created by an intelligent designer.

All I am saying is why can't we also consider the intelligent designer is actively controlling much of global weather? It's a distinct possibility.
 
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Do you realize how medieval it is to say 'Well, since we really don't know why or how it happens, there must be a intelligent force behind it!"
You are just ridiculing me by pretending anyone who believes in Intelligent Weather is some mediveal idiot. We're not saying atheistic meteorology is false, we are just saying it isn't proven, and that Intelligent Weather theory should be taught as an alternative. Why can't we just let kids decide for themselves? If meteorology is so factual then why would you be bothered about teaching them alternatives?

Once again, I have to stess that science is not about accuracy, so who cares if weather forecasting is not accurate yet? You might as well call the whole field of medicine unscientific since so many of its predicitons are also inaccurate.
If it is inaccurate it isn't a proven fact, and therefore it shouldn't be taught to kids as the only possible explaination. Teach the controversy.

We still haven't a clue and are at a complete loss about how to cure the common cold, should we assume that there is some divine intelligent force guiding its elusive cure?
You shouldn't rule it out. I notice the germ theory of disease is in crisis. By ruling out supernatural causes, Mainstream science is encountering all sorts of problems.

In addition, meterology is relatively new science compared to say, harnessing nuclear energy or genetic manipulation.
Intelligent Weather theory is a new science too. If atheistic meteorology is taught then I think Intelligent Weather Theory should be taught as an alternative.

Now design an experiment that tests for an intelligent weather designer, even one as imperfect as computer modeling.
Various methods are being proposed to detect design in nature. We believe many storm systems show evidence of design because they contain specified information, which cannot arise by natural means.
 

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I believe that by worshipping this Intelligent force, it will be more likely to spare me punishment.

and so must be accepted by educators as a scientific theory.

1) Discrimination: It is discriminatory to only teach one explaination for the processes of weather. Either Intelligent Weather Theory should be taught alongside naturalistic Meteorology, or neither should be taught.

2) Education: It is better education to teach kids all possible explainations and let them decide for themselves. Teach the controversy.

3) Science: Meteorology is a science in crisis. Despite hundreds of years of meteorology, meteorologists still cannot accurately predict the weather, and they admit that they likely never will. The weather system is far too complex to explain by soley natural means. But Intelligent Weather Theory can explain everything about the weather easily. So it is a better scientific theory and so should be taught.

If anyone thinks they can defeat these arguments please try.
First, I doubted that you were serious in this post.
But you say that you are, so here goes.
Religiously speaking, we are rewarded or punished based on what we do, not for what version of Christianity we believe. Says so, in the NT. It is called judgment, and if we haven't done what God/Christ told us (assuming all in this debate are Christians), then we face His judgment. BTW, he told us to love Him and each other and to take care of each other, not argue over how, or why, He created the world, or how He operates it.

Must be accepted? Educators do not decide what is to be taught, the school board and government decide that, based on input from voters.
1. You can discriminate legally against an idea, and you can even discriminate against people, as long as it isn't based on race, color, creed, etc.
2. It is not better to let kids decide for themselves, as they are too young and still not educated or mature enough to make intelligent decisions. Maybe when they are college age, perhaps. Even then, it is doubtful. Especially then, as they would want to study the opposite sex more than anything else.
3. Completely bogus. We have been studying weather longer than hundreds of years, but wrongly for most of that. It was only 60 or so years ago that the jet stream was practically unheard of. WWII brought that to our attention when the Japanese used it to deliver balloon bombs to the USA. Likewise plate tectonics was practically unheard of, deep ocean currents, etc. The gulf stream was unheard of prior to the Ben Franklin era.
Weather prediction is very complicated, but we are getting better at it all the time. There are lots of variables involved and too few sampling points from which to gather data. We can't have a set of remote sensors set up every mile across the world. Weather can be explained by natural means, just not predicted perfectly yet. Have you taken a course in physical geography yet? When you get into college, you will find it very interesting.

Public schools are under no obligation to teach religious beliefs. I suppose the churches could set aside one night a week to teach this kind of thing, if it is that important to them.
 
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We're not saying atheistic meteorology is false, we are just saying it isn't proven, and that Intelligent Weather theory should be taught as an alternative. Why can't we just let kids decide for themselves? If meteorology is so factual then why would you be bothered about teaching them alternatives?

Is all science atheistic to you? Alternatives are a waste of instructuion time. If the schools give in to your theories, next they will be giving in to some other religions ideas, and the school year will have to be extended to the full 12 months.

If it is inaccurate it isn't a proven fact, and therefore it shouldn't be taught to kids as the only possible explaination. Teach the controversy.

False statement, proven facts do not have to be 100% accurate, even in science. And, inaccurate to what degree? Is 95% accurate enough to be taught? 99%, or do you want 100%?


You shouldn't rule it out. I notice the germ theory of disease is in crisis. By ruling out supernatural causes, Mainstream science is encountering all sorts of problems.

What crisis? Is it in the news? What problems? Science is about the understanding of our world, and the solving of problems, so there will always be controversy where opinions conflict and more and more problems to solve. It is called progress.



Intelligent Weather theory is a new science too. If atheistic meteorology is taught then I think Intelligent Weather Theory should be taught as an alternative.

Google "intellegent weather" and you get almost nothing that supports your views. It is not a new science, but an end run that Pat Robetson would like to use as evidence that God is punishing the unfaithful and the sinners with bad weather.



Various methods are being proposed to detect design in nature. We believe many storm systems show evidence of design because they contain specified information, which cannot arise by natural means.

Got links? Pics? what information? Tell us so we can determine for ourselves if such could arise from natural means.
Looks like you are saying here that natural means is behind weather most of the time but that God can take control and do what He will. Yeah, I can go for that, but most of the time he has the controls set on "automatic".
 

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If it is inaccurate it isn't a proven fact, and therefore it shouldn't be taught to kids as the only possible explaination.
You need to look up what exactly the scientific method is, and nowhere is accuracy a criteria for scientific theory and laws. Argueing with mathmetics is ideal but I will use a more understandable example.

For instance, if you just use high cholesterol values( as in bad cholesterol) alone , you can only predict the probability of heart disease in less than 50% of the cases (many people with normal cholesterol values can still have heart attacks as we all know)

Thus, cholesterol values are highly inaccurate at predicting an individual's chances of developing coronary disease.

So, does this mean the whole science of studying cholesterol and its relation to heart disease is bogus? Of course not! But that's because physicians know it's only one of many variables behind heart attacks and they look at hypercoagulable state, drug use, smoking, genetic HDL defects etc. It, however, still plays a statistically significant role behind heart disease if you look at all the clinical trials done in the past 20 years.


However, according to your defination, the science of cholesterol and its role in heart disease should not be taught.

In fact, I contend cholesterol as a predictive variable in development of heart disease is much less accurate than weather forecasting! (I would say my weather channel is right at least 70% of the time.)

Thus, according to your line of reasoning (because it is not accurate) we should not be teaching future medical students about the science of high cholesterol, plaque formation and coronary disease.
 
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