Fired for Questioning Evolution and Human Caused Global Warming: Gavriel Avital

Or perhaps it was for what Ynet calls ‘a scandal filled trial year’. Dr. Gav Avital is was the chief scientist of Israel’s Education Ministry but comments such as these riled enough sensible people to call for his ouster (see Ha’aretz for references):

Another scientific field that is problematic is biology, or life and environmental sciences. When your doctrine is based on Darwin’s theory of evolution and its implications, you are standing on unreliable foundations – that is, there is no God, there was only something primeval, and then there are certain random developments which led to the apex of all creation, the human being.

If textbooks state explicitly that human beings’ origins are to be found with monkeys, I would want students to pursue and grapple with other opinions. There are many people who don’t believe the evolutionary account is correct

If they keep writing in textbooks that the Earth is growing warmer because of carbon dioxide emissions, I’ll insist that isn’t the case.

Not surprisingly, Israeli scientists were irate. Muffti’s favourite quote? From Prof. Hava Yablonka of Tel Aviv University:

[it's like] saying that space should be given in textbooks to the view that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it. It’s astonishing that the chief scientist of a government ministry can say such bizarre things.

Muffti has to agree – make what you like about creationist stories, it doesn’t really seem to fit the rubric of ‘science’ (unless you want to call it ‘bad science’). Then again there is a board of education that would love to have Gavriel Avital: Texas!.

4 Comments

  1. Ben David

    10/6/2010 at 4:54 pm

    Where did they get this guy?

    I’m right there with the global warming skepticism, but the evolution stuff is just crazy…

  2. Grand Muffti

    10/6/2010 at 11:15 pm

    BD! We semi-agree!

  3. Joel Katz

    10/8/2010 at 4:44 am

    Check out the Haaretz Cartoon by Eran Wolkowski

    “Chief Scientist” twitpic.com/2v...

  4. Rob Cox

    10/24/2010 at 4:21 pm

    Personally, I think that acceptance of Darwin’s THEORY of evolution as scientific fact takes much more “faith” than accepting that G-d created man.

    Regarding human caused global warming, perhaps these “scientists” are sold out for money. (Just do an internet search on the term climategate, where climate scientists discuss in emails how to disguise the data showing the decline in temperature – yes DECLINE)

    Perhaps they aren’t aware of the often questionable source of the climate data itself.

    I mean, seriously, would you place a data collection station on a black tar roof next to an air conditioning exhaust, or on a black parking lot, or next to a fire barrel, or right next to a building with an incandecent light bulb above it?

    Many other scientists have come out and called climate science an outright fraud at a risk to themselves.

    Perhaps we could also investigate Al Gore and his carbon credit trading organization.

    It is ALL about fraudulently obtaining money.

    Many of these people wish to deny the existence of G-d? Perhaps they should turn to Him instead!

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