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04-03-2014, 03:00 PM
And I thought I was safe...
Today at school, shortly before my meiosis quiz, I noticed a magazine with an article about whether or not chimps should be considered people. One of the opposing parties within said something along the lines of "animals are not peoples" and so I wisecracked about how the room I was in had no people in it. A nearby student, who happened to be a friend, and who I know to have family problems, thought about the statement before telling me that she didn't believe that humans were animals even though she kinda saw that they were. I even explained exactly why we are animals (Multicellular Eukaryotic Heterotrophs). This led to her saying that she didn't believe in evolution. Eventually, after talking about it with her, she brought up the classic misunderstanding of the term 'theory', and I explained that it was much more than just a guess. I would have discussed it further, but alas, science quizzes must come first. Also, note that she lives on a farm, and told me at another point that her mother once locked herself in her room for Jesus. It's sad. I thought that I was safe from stuff like this, living in the north, and all. Also note that she and I are both in 8th grade.

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04-03-2014, 03:30 PM
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(04-03-2014 03:00 PM)Teen-skeptic-go! Wrote:  Today at school, shortly before my meiosis quiz, I noticed a magazine with an article about whether or not chimps should be considered people. One of the opposing parties within said something along the lines of "animals are not peoples" and so I wisecracked about how the room I was in had no people in it. A nearby student, who happened to be a friend, and who I know to have family problems, thought about the statement before telling me that she didn't believe that humans were animals even though she kinda saw that they were. I even explained exactly why we are animals (Multicellular Eukaryotic Heterotrophs). This led to her saying that she didn't believe in evolution. Eventually, after talking about it with her, she brought up the classic misunderstanding of the term 'theory', and I explained that it was much more than just a guess. I would have discussed it further, but alas, science quizzes must come first. Also, note that she lives on a farm, and told me at another point that her mother once locked herself in her room for Jesus. It's sad. I thought that I was safe from stuff like this, living in the north, and all. Also note that she and I are both in 8th grade.
If it can remain friendly, continue these types of discussions with her. Many adults that come here talk about someone from their younger days that got them to think. Many don't accept it while they are a believer and when the discussion takes place but they continue to think on it for years and later come to realize you were right.

Many times an opposing view point is all that is needed to get someone to question their own ideas.

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04-03-2014, 03:43 PM
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(04-03-2014 03:00 PM)Teen-skeptic-go! Wrote:  Today at school, shortly before my meiosis quiz, I noticed a magazine with an article about whether or not chimps should be considered people. One of the opposing parties within said something along the lines of "animals are not peoples" and so I wisecracked about how the room I was in had no people in it. A nearby student, who happened to be a friend, and who I know to have family problems, thought about the statement before telling me that she didn't believe that humans were animals even though she kinda saw that they were. I even explained exactly why we are animals (Multicellular Eukaryotic Heterotrophs). This led to her saying that she didn't believe in evolution. Eventually, after talking about it with her, she brought up the classic misunderstanding of the term 'theory', and I explained that it was much more than just a guess. I would have discussed it further, but alas, science quizzes must come first. Also, note that she lives on a farm, and told me at another point that her mother once locked herself in her room for Jesus. It's sad. I thought that I was safe from stuff like this, living in the north, and all.

One can never be safe from the stupidity of people. Never.

(04-03-2014 03:00 PM)Teen-skeptic-go! Wrote:  Also note that she and I are both in 8th grade.

Oh you youngster, you.

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04-03-2014, 03:57 PM
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How old is 8th grade? Is it allowed that 8th graders know about multicellular eukaryotic heterotrophs? I don't know what a heterotroph or a eukaryote is and I'm sure I'm *waaay* past 8th grade... Can we fine him for making us feel dumb? Weeping

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04-03-2014, 04:37 PM
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(04-03-2014 03:57 PM)morondog Wrote:  How old is 8th grade? Is it allowed that 8th graders know about multicellular eukaryotic heterotrophs? I don't know what a heterotroph or a eukaryote is and I'm sure I'm *waaay* past 8th grade... Can we fine him for making us feel dumb? Weeping

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04-03-2014, 05:38 PM
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"Her mother once locked herself in her room for Jesus"

I bet I know what she was really doing...

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04-03-2014, 06:25 PM
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(04-03-2014 05:38 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  "Her mother once locked herself in her room for Jesus"

I bet I know what she was really doing...

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04-03-2014, 06:58 PM
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I go through the same thing, however its more like me either having to explain the stupid or somebody wants me to explain how apes descended from monkeys. I also know what a heterotroph is(organism that eats other things or in other words doesn't make its own food.) Also try this with adults they seem to wonder how the hell a junior in highschool knows so much about science. But im glad to see im not the only teen who knows.Big Grin

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09-03-2014, 06:06 PM
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I didn't know you were a teen. o.o
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