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  •  Evolution and Climate Change (1+ / 0-)
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    Funny you should bring this up:  just today, one of the more persistant climate change denialist crackpots came out in favor of creationism.

    Some sort of Great Harmonic Convergence must be in the offing.

    And you are correct about the specialised language and background required for research.  In the extreme case of mathematics, a PhD and several years of post-doctoral study are required before one is equiped to understand what the issues are - much less to make progress in addressing them.

    Hello? Is this thing on?

    by onanthebarbarian on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 12:07:54 AM PDT

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    •  Though to be fair you can still be in favor of (0+ / 0-)

      creationism though you do have to limit it to the initial creation event ("big bang") since as far as we know there was no before the big bang, at least not without some kind of meta-time that exists outside the universe anyway.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 01:46:27 AM PDT

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    •  Mark Hoofnagle of the (1+ / 0-)
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      Denialism Blog has dubbed this phenomenon "crank magnetism". Crank beliefs often go together, just as prejudices do.

      Personally, as a physician, I would be very concerned at a child becoming febrile after having ingested bleach or had it shot up his rectum—Orac (Respectful Insolence)

      by ebohlman on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 02:03:34 PM PDT

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      •  Crank Magentism (0+ / 0-)

        I like that, a nice turn of the phrase, and I will look up Hoofnagle to see what he has to say for himself.  Thanks for the tip.

        Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies have nothing to lose but their chains -Marx (-8.75,-8.36)

        by alain2112 on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:49:33 PM PDT

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