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  •  Great quote from astronomer Phil Plait... (22+ / 0-)

    “While NASA and JPL put a nuclear powered laser-eyed roving chem lab on another planet, Kentucky legislators want to teach kids that the world is 6000 years old, and Missouri wants schoolchildren to be able to stick their fingers in their ears if their teachers discuss evolution.”

    -- Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer

    “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- Albus Dumbledore

    by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 03:27:04 PM PDT

    •  LOL! That's good stuff. (5+ / 0-)

      Stick their fingers in their ears and go, "La, la-la, la, la, laaa!"

      Denial of knowledge and truth doesn't make knowledge and truth go away - it just makes you look stupid.

      Celtic Merlin
      Carlinist

      Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

      by Celtic Merlin on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 03:43:05 PM PDT

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    •  That quote is so true! (8+ / 0-)

      A member of my church taught biology for a number of years (and is now the biology coordinator for our county schools).  She told about having a student, who was a member of a fundamentalist church, being just outraged that they were being taught about evolution.  She came in armed to the teeth with all the creationist "proofs" that evolution can't be real, all of which of course collapse upon close examination.  She said it was really sad that people raise their kids to have such cramped views of faith, and that some churches teach such a cramped view of faith.

      Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

      by leevank on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 03:45:21 PM PDT

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    •  AS IF thier red states do not suffer enough (3+ / 0-)

      they want to make sure they are as dirt poor as the worst third world nation by ripping them out of the accepted scientific knowledge base because it suits thier inclinations and ability to manipulate those they deprive of knowledge.

      How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

      by boophus on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 03:49:17 PM PDT

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    •  BTW, Plait has a terrific quote about science (9+ / 0-)

      here.

      Welcome to Science!

      If the link doesn't work, and I hope it does because the graphics are beautiful, here's his speech about science.

      BTW, Plait is a regular blog contributor at Discover Magazine called Bad Astronomy

      I know a place where the Sun never sets.

      It’s a mountain, and it’s on the Moon. It sticks up so high that even as the Moon spins, it’s in perpetual daylight. Radiation from the Sun pours down on there day and night, 24 hours a day — well, the Moon’s day is actually about 4 weeks long, so the sunlight pours down there 708 hours a day.

      I know a place where the Sun never shines. It’s at the bottom of the ocean. A crack in the crust there exudes nasty chemicals and heats the water to the boiling point. This would kill a human instantly, but there are creatures there, bacteria, that thrive. They eat the sulfur from the vent, and excrete sulfuric acid.

      I know a place where the temperature is 15 million degrees, and the pressure would crush you to a microscopic dot. That place is the core of the Sun.

      I know a place where the magnetic fields would rip you apart, atom by atom: the surface of a neutron star, a magnetar.

      I know a place where life began billions of years ago. That place is here, the Earth.

      I know these places because I’m a scientist.

      Science is a way of finding things out. It’s a way of testing what’s real. It’s what Richard Feynman called "A way of not fooling ourselves."

      No astrologer ever predicted the existence of Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. No modern astrologer had a clue about Sedna, a ball of ice half the size of Pluto that orbits even farther out. No astrologer predicted the more than 150 planets now known to orbit other suns.

      But scientists did.

      No psychic, despite their claims, has ever helped the police solve a crime. But forensic scientists have, all the time.

      It wasn’t someone who practices homeopathy who found a cure for smallpox, or polio. Scientists did, medical scientists.

      No creationist ever cracked the genetic code. Chemists did. Molecular biologists did.

      They used physics. They used math. They used chemistry, biology, astronomy, engineering.

      They used science.

      These are all the things you discovered doing your projects. All the things that brought you here today.

      Computers? Cell phones? Rockets to Saturn, probes to the ocean floor, PSP, gamecubes, gameboys, X-boxes?

      All by scientists.

      Those places I talked about before? You can get to know them too. You can experience the wonder of seeing them for the first time, the thrill of discovery, the incredible, visceral feeling of doing something no one has ever done before, seen things no one has seen before, know something no one else has ever known.

      No crystal balls, no tarot cards, no horoscopes. Just you, your brain, and your ability to think.

      Welcome to science. You’re gonna like it here.

      From Phil's blog in 2005

      “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- Albus Dumbledore

      by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 03:56:10 PM PDT

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