Why Republicans don’t trust science

Because God doesn’t like science.  I find this very disturbing (via Gallup):

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? By political party ID, May 2012

Okay, I don’t feel all that great about a plurality of Democrats having such a profoundly anti-science view either, but at least the disparity is not so stark.  Now, the “God guided process” position may not exactly be scientific, but it does not directly contradict science and can see science and faith in different realms.  But the idea that humans created were created in their present form 10,000 years ago has about as much empirical support as the aether or the idea that the Moon landing was actually staged in Arizona (actually there’s probably more evidence for that).  Scientifically speaking, there’s absolutely nothing to support this position.  If not for a certain book called the Bible (and some related religious texts) nobody would believe this.   And there’s nothing about actually believing in science, evolution in particular, that’s anti-Christian.  What many don’t realize is that a literal interpretation of the bible is an interpretation.  And an interpretation that science, biblical scholarship, logic, and good old common sense, tells us is overwhelmingly wrong.

A cartoonist takes on health care reform

This is awesome.  Just trust me.

Photo of the day

Been busy with Alex getting his annual MRI today to make sure that the subependymal nodules in his brain (which are harmless) are not growing into subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (not so harmless).  This is an old scan, but it is Alex’s brain from a previous MRI.   All the lighter color discolorations are actually the “tubers” from which Tuberous Sclerosis gets its name.

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