Albert Einstein was a lot of things. But most importantly, he was a scientist. And as a scientist, the idea that he would want creationism taught in schools is laughable.
But that didn’t stop a Tennessee Representative from declaring that Einstein would support their new “science” curriculum. In fact, according to Think Progress, Rep. Frank Nicely provided some lovely quotes from the great thinker to support him on the floor.
I think that if there’s one thing that everyone in this room could agree on, that would be that Albert Einstein was a critical thinker. He was a scientist. I think that we probably could agree that Albert Einstein was smarter than any of our science teachers in our high schools or colleges. And Albert Einstein said that a little knowledge would turn your head toward atheism, while a broader knowledge would turn your head toward Christianity.
The problem is, as Think Progress points out, Einstein never said that. It was a bad paraphrase of philosopher Sir Francis Bacon.
Perhaps they should stop trying to change the science curriculum in Tennessee and spend a little more time on literature and philosophy instead.
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