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that a scientist would be the correct person to ask about the age of the Earth, when he answered "I'm not a scientist, man".

That is why I personally think it was a stupid question to ask a politician.

If he had just stopped there, we would be fine. We don't all need to know the details of our planet's history.

If you asked your average Joe on the street, they could reasonably say the same thing. Maybe if you asked them to guess, most would give an answer between 2 and 5 billion years old. How many of us would run to Wikipedia, and how does that make us any smarter?

That being said, Rubio then went on to describe the question as a "dispute amongst theologians", which would only be true if you were referring to a dispute over whether to accept scientific evidence or reject it if it conflicts with a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Even on that level, I would not characterize it as a "dispute", as the overwhelming majority of theologians accept scientific evidence.

He also contradicts himself by implying that theologians are the credible people to seek out for answers to such questions, which is a view that I believe most of western civilization abandoned in the 17th centrury.

So that's a problem...


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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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  •  It was a pretty stupid question (1+ / 0-)
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    to ask a politician. I could think of a lot better, more pertinent questions to ask.

  •  It was not a stupid question. It was a simple (1+ / 0-)
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    question.  Rubio responded with a stupid answer.

    How many of us would run to Wikipedia, and how does that make us any smarter?
    While it doesn't make us smarter, it does makes us more knowledgeable.
    We are all made dumber if we listen to Rubio.

    -4.38, -7.64 Voyager 1: proof that what goes up never comes down.

    by pat bunny on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:11:11 PM PST

  •  As a science teacher and science coordinator (2+ / 0-)
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    for a school district - I know that students are told over and over again in 4th, 7th, and 9th grade that the Earth is 4.6 Billion years old - and of the radioactive dating processes used to determine that age.  I've actually held a rock from the Canadian Shield which extends up to Greenland that was dated to be 3.97 Billion years old.  It is sad that people can get to into a political career with so little knowledge about not only science but everything and may even make it unto committees that make serious decisions about things that impact all our lives with little or no understanding of the facts.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:58:47 PM PST

  •  The anti-science party (0+ / 0-)

    I think it is a very good question and we should keep asking it.  Just as many Americans reject forced birth for rape victims, many Americans reject the GOP's infuriating anti-intellectualism.  I think that we can do some good by highlighting it.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:30:51 PM PST

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