These Crazy Republican Candidates

I must say, I forgot how bizarre and insane these people are. And you should be worried.

Some of the new Republican candidates are pretty impressive. Rick Perry stands out as a complete asshole, more on him later. Michelle Bachman, a modified, more intelligent version of Sarah Palin, can even string together a coherent sentence. Impressive.

There’s one thing they all have in common though. They’re all religious nutjobs. They’re anti-science. Rick Perry doesn’t believe in human induced global warming, saying the science ‘isn’t settled’. Hate to say Rick, but I’m afraid it is. It’s is the consensual view, accepted by 98% of the worlds scientists. There are copious amounts of indisputable evidence. Don’t bring up Climategate, they’ve been cleared of wrong doing.

‘Evolution is a theory with holes in it’ he’s been heard saying. Of course Creationism makes perfect sense here, no explanation needed. God just created shit, right?!

I saw a video on YouTube of Rick Perry being quizzed on science, by a mother and child. Now I hate parents using their kids for this kinda thing but Perry’s response is interesting. When asked about evolution he says America is great because they ‘teach the controversy’. This is just a posh way of saying with teach evolution AND creationism. I mean come on, there is no bloody controversy!

Everything will be ok though if Rick Perry becomes president. Prayer will sort everything out. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the power of prayer!

Why religion has such a prominent position in American politics escapes me. Here in the UK, if David Cameron started spattling on how religion would save us, he’d be out of office in a flash. I’m thankful for that. Creationists in the UK are rightfully scorned and laughed at, but in America are accepted as the norm. Why?

There’s one candidate that stands out though. Jon Hunstman. He’s a simmer of hope for the Republicans. He says you can’t argue with evolution or global warming. You need to accept science to move on. Here’s a clip.

So, if you’re a Republican reading this. Please, please don’t vote Rick Perry or for these other nutjobs. Vote for Jon Huntsman. Even better perhaps, just vote Democrat at the next election!

What’s a Theory?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite some time. Recently I’ve had quite a few people (of the creationism side of Christianity) argue with me about certain things. One thing they say is ‘well evolution is only a theory’. This gets me rather irate. They flamboyantly say ‘theory’ as if it were some sort of guess or sudden thought that popped into someones head. This couldn’t be further from the truth! In this post I want to settle the matter and tell you what a theory actually is and what it means. Listen closely!

Everything is a theory! The theory of evolution, the theory of thermodynamics, the theory of quantum mechanics, the Big Bang theory…the theory of gravity! That’s right, even gravity, the fundamental force that effects all of us, every day, is a theory.

A theory doesn’t start with someone making an uniformed, rash opinion on something. A theory starts with things that have been observed. From these observables, a small amount of them to begin with, we can make a theory or indeed theories. In fact lets say 5 different people, at this stage, come up with 5 different theories from the limited amount of information provided. Let the experimentation begin.

Theories need to be tested. Experiments are set up to prove and disprove the theories. If you’re unwilling to try to disprove your theory then you’re really not open enough to critical thought. Our experiments, lets say, have whittled us down to two, perhaps opposing, theories. You must now change your experiments or make a new one.  This is an important part, the experiments need to be fine tuned. After this, when we get down to one theory, and there’s no other evidence to suggest otherwise we have arrived at an accepted theory. We commonly call these theories fact! Evolution is a fact, gravity is a fact.

In the future, near or distant, new information becomes available, new observables are found. We can now refine, re-tune, change our theories to fit with what’s observed. This is the beauty of science, ever changing.

Science changes its view based on what’s observed

I’m not suggesting a different, completely opposing view on evolution will be found, but it will be fine tuned. Like anything in science there are gaps in our knowledge and we work to find out what these are.

We journey from ignorance to knowledge

So please, when you  decide to argue, please, please be sure as to what a theory is as so to not make yourself look like a fool. Thank you!