Big Bang Theory: “lies from the pit of hell”

by Richard on October 6, 2012

This congressman, Paul Broun, is apparently on the House Science Committee. He’s also an MD, both of which might mislead you into thinking he might know something about science.

Stuff like this makes me despair. The worst of it is, he doesn’t sound like he knows much about the Bible either.

h/t: Huffington Post

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Congressman Paul Broun’s Lies from the Pit of Hell
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Dave Faulkner 10.06.12 at 11:28 pm

Oh dear.

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Mark Byron 10.07.12 at 11:16 pm

Knowing evolutionary theory doesn’t always translate into buying into it; If that were the case, we’d not see a solid majority of Americans holding to a creationist viewpoint, since it’s been part of biology classes for the better part of a century.

That being said, I’m scratching my head at his bashing of embryology.

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Richard 10.07.12 at 11:21 pm

>> …we’d not see a solid majority of Americans holding to a creationist viewpoint

Is that true, or are you winding me up?

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Mark Byron 10.08.12 at 4:42 am

I just grabbed some information from Gallop based on their last polling on the issue in May 2012-
46%-God created humans in present form
32%-God guided evolution
15%-Evolution, God not involved.

Not quite a pure majority, but close. 78% would be on board some sort of Intelligent Design motif.

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Richard 10.08.12 at 9:09 am

I’m relieved to see that there’s no absolute majority for a straightforwardly creationist position. Even so, that 46% suggests that science education in the US isn’t as robust as you might hope. Of course, this kind of statistic is very dependent on how the questions I asked. I dare say I could be made to sound like a creationist if the questions were (im)properly framed.

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Mark Byron 10.09.12 at 1:46 am

Science education isn’t that bad. Most of the 46% could probably explain the basics of evolutionary theory to you; what science ed can’t do is deprogram religious teachings. Then, it becomes “the scientists believe evolution is what did it, but if you take the miraculous out of the mix, it has to be evolution, even if it’s a long-shot.” Most Americans aren’t going to ditch the idea of a hands-on God even if science does that in their frameworks.

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Richard 10.09.12 at 9:22 am

I have to say, that if 46% can come through a science education without recognizing the evidence for evolution, then that education has failed them pretty badly.

It matters, because in order to make appropriate rational responses to climate change we need people to be able to have the tools for assessing evidence. And we don’t have that in either of our countries at present.

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Mark Byron 10.09.12 at 11:16 am

One difference with climate change is that people aren’t feeling the need to go to the mat to defend their Bible-centric faith on it. Thus, folks have the luxury to view the evidence without feeling that it’s at war with their faith.

However, since there is an anti-egghead meme alive in the more capital-f fundamentalist quadrants, the climatologists get tarred with the same brush applied to evolutionary biologists, especially if old data goes back more than a few thousand years and bumps up against a young-earth calendar.

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