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(Cracked)   Since politicians think they can be scientists too, here are four crazy scientific theories that were brought up by them   (cracked.com ) divider line
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2012-10-16 01:16:30 PM  
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In a metaphysical way, Shimkus (#1) is correct. The environment is the environment. It can't be destroyed because whatever new state it turns into, that becomes the environment. What most people mean, when they say the environment is destroyed, is that the environment may become inhospitable to humans or other currently existing flora and fauna. When the environment changes, other species and living beings could take advantage of the new environment and live in it. But existing ones may not.
2012-10-16 12:27:14 PM  
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Craptastic: "Wind is God's way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it's hotter to areas where it's cooler. That's what wind is. Wouldn't it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up?"

Clearly, this man has never walked in Phoenix during July. I was there a few years back for a convention, and when the wind picked up, it felt like someone was holding a giant hair dryer on me.

/also, what kind of screwed-up place names the roads "1st St, 2nd St, 3rd St" in one direction, and "1st Ave, 2nd Ave, 3rd Ave, etc." in the other direction. I was trying to walk from my hotel to the convention center, and ended up of Joe Arpaio's front porch. Had to ask the hotdog vendor for directions.


A place that uses a logical system for laying out the streets in a grid. In my city, avenues run east-west with the numbers increasing as you head north. The streets run north-south with their numbers increasing as you head west. It makes finding an address so much easier than "320 Bumfark Blvd between Stupid Street and WTF Ave." Grid systems for cities are so much easier.
2012-10-16 12:01:32 PM  
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Fluorescent Testicle: lousyskater: As a Wind Turbine Technician, this one really rustled my jimmies.

gulogulo: Yeah, well, trying being an ecologist. ... In my field, most laypeople are convinced they know better than the scientists studying it. See: climate change, deforestation, fragmentation, invasive species, cats.

My degree was in palaeontology. Imagine how I feel about creationism. :P


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal sums it up quite nicely here...

Theory of Revolution
2012-10-16 11:13:22 AM  
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Fluorescent Testicle: OneTimed: I think it's more important that our politicians are scientifically literate, not necessarily scientists.

I would be happy with one simple yes-or-no question.

"Do you believe in evolution?"

If they answer "No," they're either forced to take a high school science class or banned from politics for life.


I don't think it should be "believe". A better question might be "Do you understand the scientific basis and reasoning behind the theory of evolution?"
2012-10-16 11:12:24 AM  
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gulogulo: birchman: If congress were filled with scientists instead of psychopaths this country would be 100x better off.

Yeah, but we aren't nearly as charismatic. And most of the time, no one understands us when we speak.


Weirdly, I *am* good at explaining parts of science to non-scientists. I apparently managed to describe the light-clock explanation of relativity to a vet major (using only gesticulations, no available drawing surface, no real math, while surrounded by 20 screaming kids at a camp we were volunteering at) in such a way that she understood it well enough to grasp what had been going on in her Physics 2306 class and get a B in the semester.

And stuff like Surface Plasmon Resonance (which is not as scary as it sounds). I should really get off my ass and use this power for Good (youtube videos, maybe? They're a dime a dozen, but gotta start *somewhere*.
2012-10-16 11:11:51 AM  
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OneTimed: I think it's more important that our politicians are scientifically literate, not necessarily scientists.


I would be happy with one simple yes-or-no question.

"Do you believe in evolution?"

If they answer "No," they're either forced to take a high school science class or banned from politics for life.
2012-10-16 11:07:51 AM  
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birchman: If congress were filled with scientists instead of psychopaths this country would be 100x better off.


Just because someone is proficient in a certain area doesn't mean they would have any idea how to govern.

I think it's more important that our politicians are scientifically literate, not necessarily scientists.
2012-10-16 11:05:10 AM  
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Proving that science and god don't mix.
2012-10-16 10:59:47 AM  
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I read this article earlier. I thought it was bullshiat how he opened saying he wouldn't mention party affiliation because that would make him part of the problem. All 4 of these stupid whackjobs are Republicans. How is science helped by not mentioning that?
 
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