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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:12 AM
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Tristero: Why does the right sound so insane? So they can tangle lefties up in arguing against them.
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 11:13 AM by BurtWorm
Interesting point of view. And it is actually true that you can lead a constipervative to water but you can't make him think, so why bother trying?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/dont-waste-your-...

Don't Waste Your Time Arguing

by tristero

Insane:

Some liberal politicians have extrapolated the theory of relativity to metaphorically justify their own political agendas. For example, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama helped publish an article by liberal law professor Laurence Tribe to apply the relativistic concept of "curvature of space" to promote a broad legal right to abortion.<45> As of June 2008, over 170 law review articles have cited this liberal application of the theory of relativity to legal arguments.<46> Applications of the theory of relativity to change morality have also been common.<47> Moreover, there is an unmistakable effort to censor or ostracize criticism of relativity.<48>

Insane:

The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.<1>

And, in case you were wondering what the reference is for this assertion, here it is:

↑ See, e.g., historian Paul Johnson's book about the 20th century, and the article written by liberal law professor Laurence Tribe as allegedly assisted by Barack Obama. Virtually no one who is taught and believes relativity continues to read the Bible, a book that outsells New York Times bestsellers by a hundred-fold.

The entry goes on:

Here is a list of 24 counterexamples any one of them shows that the theory is incorrect...

9. The action-at-a-distance by Jesus, described in John 4:46-54.


I know, I know. It really is very funny but I can't laugh at this.

Why? Because some of you, right now, are starting to waste the little time you have here on earth by marshalling reasoned arguments and accurate facts to refute Conservapedia's lies. And so are others. And that is terribly sad.

Worse, it is counterproductive, because every moment you spend engaging right wing lunatics over tired, out-of-date, and utterly nonsensical argument over science they think is too liberal, is a moment taken away from encountering the truly exciting discoveries being announced almost hourly (here's one: a crocodile with the teeth of a mammal!). And if you are so busy refighting the past that you can't keep up with the present, then it becomes all that harder to understand what science is doing, and to support it. I'm not talking, say, a Palin/McCain/Jindal level of ignorance, of course. But if you truly think that it is vitally important to engage people who question Einstein's theory of relativity, it becomes that much harder to muster the cultural courage to fund research that takes relativity for granted. After all, even if I "believe in relativity" wouldn't it be better to fund research that proves relativity beyond a shadow of a doubt than stuff that assumes it's true?*

But wait! you protest. We can't let that garbage hang out there uncontested. Besides, people will learn a great deal about physics if we address the arguments in a clear, accessible fashion, and teach reality.

Yes, sure, I'll agree that's all true. So what?

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