Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#81  Postby erraserhead » Sep 03, 2017 11:29 am

Pence makes me embarrassed to be from Indiana. I was quite happy he got out of the guvner's seat, but then I realized my worst fear might ACTUALLY HAPPEN.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#82  Postby Zadocfish2 » Sep 05, 2017 7:45 pm

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Greyman wrote:Negative. Paley had an explanation for the origin of complex mechanisms that need to be assembled whole from manufactured components, like watches. Watchmakers. He was insisting that the same explanation could/should be used for the origin of living organisms that grow and reproduce themselves, like chickens.


Wel, the watchmaker may be the ultimate explanation for why a watch exists on the heath, but it is not a sufficient explanation that informs us how and why the watch was assembled in the way that it is. That's why his argument is a religious/philosophical one and not a scientific one.


Well, that's totally true. It was not a scientific argument and was more of a philosophical musing. I don't think that the idea has much merit, either way, but I'm happy that you notice that Paley's point was 100% removed from science. You know what science is, and I think that should be acknowledged.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#83  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Sep 05, 2017 8:35 pm

Zadocfish2 wrote:
Wortfish wrote:
Greyman wrote:Negative. Paley had an explanation for the origin of complex mechanisms that need to be assembled whole from manufactured components, like watches. Watchmakers. He was insisting that the same explanation could/should be used for the origin of living organisms that grow and reproduce themselves, like chickens.


Wel, the watchmaker may be the ultimate explanation for why a watch exists on the heath, but it is not a sufficient explanation that informs us how and why the watch was assembled in the way that it is. That's why his argument is a religious/philosophical one and not a scientific one.


Well, that's totally true. It was not a scientific argument and was more of a philosophical musing. I don't think that the idea has much merit, either way, but I'm happy that you notice that Paley's point was 100% removed from science. You know what science is, and I think that should be acknowledged.

Except that he demonstrated in the other thread, that he doesn't.
He thinks scientists think up hypotheses out of the blue and then only look for evidence to confirm that hypothesis.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#84  Postby Scot Dutchy » Sep 06, 2017 7:37 am

I thought that was creationists?
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#85  Postby Shrunk » Sep 07, 2017 2:14 pm

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Alan B wrote:Just watched it. That 'thing' is going to be Vice-president of the US?
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Not only is he going to the VP, but he is now heading Trump's transition team and will choose all cabinet members and seniour staff, including at the Department of Education. There are rumours that creationists are asking him to impose a moratorium on the teaching of evolution within President Trump's first 100 days.


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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#86  Postby OlivierK » Sep 07, 2017 9:27 pm

Seems harsh. I'll bet that idea was floated by creationists. And Pence was involved in the choice of a pro-intelligent-design idiot as Education Secretary.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#87  Postby SkyMutt » Sep 07, 2017 10:08 pm

I clicked on the link expecting that the article would confirm the assertion that Pence was involved in choosing De Vos. No such luck. It wouldn't surprise me if he was, but the article doesn't say that. So I searched further and all the sources I've found described her as "Trump's pick," with no mention of Pence other than his tie-breaking vote in her US Senate confirmation hearing.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#88  Postby OlivierK » Sep 08, 2017 2:04 am

Pence was head of the transition team, whose job it was to put forward nominations for Secretary positions. There's no shortage of articles on his role working with Trump to pick the Cabinet.

But have one specific one referring to Pence's links to the deVos family:
Right now, she has 50 votes in the Senate, which means that Vice President Mike Pence, a friend of the ultra-wealthy, ultra-conservative DeVos family, will cast the deciding vote in her favor.

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/140456/ ... etsy-devos

Pence and deVos have long been co-warriors in pursuing school voucher programs. Before Pence put her forward as Education Secretary, she had nice things to say about his selection as VP:
https://www.federationforchildren.org/a ... candidate/

Unsurprising, because she'd also been, through a American Federation for Children (an anti-public-education lobby group) a key funder of Pence in Indiana.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#89  Postby Wortfish » Oct 29, 2017 12:55 am

I think it is likely that Pence will soon propose executive action to enforce "academic freedom" in public schools nationwide. This means that teachers cannot be censured or fired if they discuss material "critical" of evolution, climate change and other scientific theories. Those schools that do not comply would be at risk of being defunded.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#90  Postby Cito di Pense » Oct 29, 2017 9:22 am

Wortfish wrote:I think it is likely that Pence will soon propose executive action to enforce "academic freedom" in public schools nationwide. This means that teachers cannot be censured or fired if they discuss material "critical" of evolution, climate change and other scientific theories. Those schools that do not comply would be at risk of being defunded.


Well, if it takes government enforcement to overcome science, then I guess that's what it takes. I don't know if that's a stable equilibrium or not. Have any theories about that, in light of creationism or natural selection? Other than the expected, of course.

This could really work out for you, Wortfish. If school systems leave most students ignorant of even basic science for the sake of Sunday morning sermons, that leaves them like fatted cattle for the smart ones who don't just want to be told soothing fairy stories. It's up to you, Worfish, and idiots like Pence. He knows how to work the system, and you don't, so you're depending on him not just to fix schools for you, but everything else as well, just so dumbshit kids of creotards don't have to feel offended by what they might have to hear when they emerge from the bosom of their families.

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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#91  Postby Macdoc » Oct 29, 2017 3:46 pm

So Wortfish ....how do you deal with scientific fact......provide an alternative theory to explain them?? you do understand that a theory is only a sound as it explains scientific facts, which are verifiable, repeatable observations

material "critical" of evolution, climate change


got any sound alternatives ? :coffee:

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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#92  Postby Wortfish » Aug 22, 2018 9:46 pm

Cito di Pense wrote:
Even people who have no education at all and are smart enough can figure out that your fairy stories don't hold together. You have to want to believe that crap.

If Trump is impeached or resigns, Pence will take over..as president he may call for creationism to be taught alongside evolutionary theory.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#93  Postby felltoearth » Aug 22, 2018 9:54 pm

In your wet dreams. The Dover judgement would prevent any such thing.
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#94  Postby Wortfish » Aug 22, 2018 10:02 pm

felltoearth wrote:In your wet dreams. The Dover judgement would prevent any such thing.

One judge in one court doesn't change anything. Creationism has been taught in American public schools before. At the very least, criticism of Neo-Darwinism will be made a mandatory component of the science class.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#95  Postby The_Piper » Aug 22, 2018 10:34 pm

now what the hell is neo-Darwinism? Your choice of words suggests intellectual dishonesty. :scratch:
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#96  Postby felltoearth » Aug 22, 2018 11:15 pm

Wortfish wrote:
felltoearth wrote:In your wet dreams. The Dover judgement would prevent any such thing.

One judge in one court doesn't change anything. Creationism has been taught in American public schools before. At the very least, criticism of Neo-Darwinism will be made a mandatory component of the science class.

Well it is all it took as the case was so solid they refused appeals. Behe's performance was embarrassing.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#97  Postby laklak » Aug 23, 2018 3:46 am

Yabbut why are there still monkeys Mr. Smartypants Evolutionist? And how come bananas fit right in your hand? I sure aint' never seen no cat have puppies nor no crocoducks at the lake.

That really is the level of reasoned discourse you can expect.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#98  Postby Macdoc » Aug 23, 2018 6:36 am

Wortfish ...terminal case of wishful thinking. :coffee:
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#99  Postby Blackadder » Aug 23, 2018 7:46 am

Wortfish wrote:
felltoearth wrote:In your wet dreams. The Dover judgement would prevent any such thing.

At the very least, criticism of Neo-Darwinism will be made a mandatory component of the science class.


That would be the educational equivalent of smearing one’s excrement on the chalkboard and calling it “science”.

Mike Pence may wish to drag the US education system back to the 14th century but there are millions of Americans who don’t and who would fight this every inch of the way.
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Re: Mike Pence: "Evolution is just a theory"

#100  Postby Greyman » Aug 23, 2018 8:36 am

Do you know why it is called Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary Theory? Because it has been placed under critical scrutinary and now incorporates findings from genetics. And, yes, it is still undergoing critical scrutinary. By trained biologists.
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