Saturday, October 6, 2012

Want An Idea of Why Our Science Scores Are Crap?

Paul Broun is a Representative from Georgia. Now, it goes without saying that he's got an R in front of his name; this is Georgia we're talking about here. If I saw traces of the 20th century from that State I'd be shocked. He's a Congresscritter, so my expectations of his knowledge weren't very high, and being a republican, I'm pretty sure someone stole that low bar and buried it somewhere in the Dead Sea.

But here's something else interesting about Paul Broun.

You see, this man was appointed on congress to set on the House Science Committee. So really, I'd sort of expect something better than this:
"God's word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell," said Broun, who is an MD. "It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior."
"You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
You've seen a lot of scientific data. Show it to me, you fucking lair.

Don't ask me why I'd expect something better than that from a Republican elected official from Georgia, but being on the House Science Committee... I dunno. No, really, I don't know why he's even there. Him sitting on that committee is fucking stupid even by congressional standards.

Let's play a game of spot the uninformed assumptions. He starts out with a very clear one: "God's word is true." Who's God? Which word? Genesis 1, which says that humanity was created all at once at the end of the sixth day in God's image, or Genesis 2, which says that God created Adam out of clay and breathed life into him, and then presented the rest of creation before Adam so Adam could name it, before he created Eve? Or maybe we're talking about the fragmented creation myth I've heard exists in Ezekiel (maybe it was Exodus), which is different from Genesis 1 and 2. It doesn't matter whether that exists or not - Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are mutually exclusive from one another. You cannot believe both literally. Wait, hold on. You cannot believe both "literally" and retain any degree of intellectual integrity. There we go.

But there's an uninformed assumption ahead of that: "God". Prove to me that God exists, and then we can start talking about whether or not his "word" is true.

I don't care if he believes in a God or not. I don't care what his personal beliefs are; so long a they don't compromise your intellectual integrity, I don't care. This man sits on a committee that has special jurisdiction over space, science, and technology legislation. This man has special jurisdiction on a subject he has no understanding of.

There is more evidence to support the Theory of Evolution than there is the Theory of Gravity (I got an amusing response to this the other day; "Well, some theories mean more than others." No, they don't. All theories carry the same weight, until they're disproved, and if you can disprove evolution, well, there's a Nobel prize waiting for you). The Theory of Evolution is at the core of biology; you cannot teach biology properly without teaching the Theory of Evolution because a) Goddidit is dishonest to the extreme and b) that's like teaching geology without plate tectonics, or chemistry without atomic theory.

The United States has shit for science scores. There are huge pushes for science in all levels of school; STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There's a huge push here, but I've often wondered just how much it hurts our ability to accept science when 45% of the country believes that one of the founding theories of biology is wrong. How hard is it when children are taught by their pastors that scientists are lying, and are taught by the post-modern left that science doesn't matter anyway (Reiki anyone? Woo up the shit up and back down again; the post-modern left is crawling in this crap). And you have this congressional jackass up there saying that they're "lies from hell."

He includes the big bang, too. Does fuckwit even understand what that is? Probably not, he's got to appeal to the idiot vote somehow.

The only "lies from Hell" is the garbage that Broun here is pushing. Normally, I'd write it off as just another jackass creationist, but he's a high ranking member on the science committee. Right along with Rep. Akin. You remember him, right? Legitimate rape, next to no understanding of biology, abandoned by the RNC until the public looks like it forgot, and then he gets all the funding again? Might actually win Missouri? You know the guy.

These men sit on our supposed "Science Committee." Not men of science that I can respect; not men like Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye; fuckfaces like Todd Akin and Paul Broun.

I'd love to know how he got an MD. What diploma mill did he attend?

Proof God created the Earth for us humans:
- an unpredictable climate
- an unpredictable geologic state.
- 90% of the water is salt water, which we can't drink
- viruses like the flu, which can jump from species to species 
- our galaxy is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy
- our sun will eventually expand and consume our entire planet
- nearby stars can supernova at any instance and fry our planet, eradicating all life with a GRB

Of course, all of the above is just God's punishment, you know. He only hits you because he loves you, and if you didn't make him hit you, then he wouldn't. 

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