Textbook warnings

Why stop at biology and evolution? Let’s make sure that students understand the limitations of all their courses!

  • ‘This textbook contains material on physics. Physics is a theory, not a fact, regarding the behaviour of inanimate objects. All objects can never be observed and thus most of them will remain theoretical. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on gravity. Gravity is a theory, not a fact, regarding the behaviour of inanimate objects with respect to each other. Certain gravitational phenomena, such as the disconuity around a black hole, can never be observed and remain theoretical. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on cosmology and astronomy. Cosmology is a theory, not a fact, regarding the formation and history of the universe. The beginning of a universe or the formation of a star has never been observed and will remain theoretical. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on geology. Geology is a collection of theories about the formation of the earth and the earth’s crust. The depths of the earth’s crust and the centre of the earth have never been observed and have not been proven to exist. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on thermodynamics. Thermodynamics is a theory, not a fact, regarding the interactions of matter and energy. The theoretical temperature called absolute zero has never been observed and its existence can never be proven. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on psychology. Psychology is a theory, not a fact, regarding the behaviour of living things and their state of mind. States of mind can never be directly observed. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on chemistry. Chemistry is a theory, not a fact, regarding the behaviour of molecules and atoms at various temperatures. Atoms are formed from even smaller particles that have never been directly observed. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on literature. Literature is a theory, not a fact, regarding written materials. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on economics. Economics is a theory, not a fact, regarding exchange and incentives. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • ‘This textbook contains material on civil engineering. Engineering is a theory, not a fact, regarding structures and forces. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
  • Warning sticker for the Bible

2 Responses to “Textbook warnings”

  1. Milan Davidovic Says:

    Re: your first bullet about physics. Keith over at Core Dump found an online physics text. If you haven’t seen it already, here’s Keith’s post:

    http://www.soltys.ca/coredump/2005/11/online-physics-textbook.html

  2. monado Says:

    Thanks. I have linked to it as an online resource.

    Here are some more evolution warning stickers from Swarthmore College


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