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Rep Broun (GA-R): Lies Straight From the Pit of Hell

2012 October 7

I have pretty low expectations of politics and politicians in general, but can we at least keep idiots like Rep Broun (GA-R) off the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology? Please.

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Ethan Spiegal gives us the Big Bang in 60 seconds.

And with those three cornerstones in place — the expanding Universe from the recession of distant galaxies, the abundances of the light elements, and the cosmic background of microwave radiation — the Big Bang has been verified in a way that no alternative has. None of the other options proposed can give us these three things together: not the tired light model, not the steady-state model, not a plasma cosmology, nothing.

The Big Bang is the only model ever proposed that is consistent with these three pieces of data.

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  1. Ned
    2012 October 10 at 4:48 am

    Wow, that’s really something.

    Now I’m wondering what other nut-cases are on the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Isn’t Todd Akin (“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”) also on the Science committee?

    I guess I’ve kind of gotten resigned to the politicization of climate-change issues in the US, to the point where I pretty much take it for granted that most Republicans will dismiss even the best-understood aspects of climate science for ideological reasons, while most Democrats will use feel-good language about climate and renewable energy as a rhetorical device.

    But I’m still boggled whenever I see something like this statement by Rep. Broun. You don’t accept evolution? In the 21st century? When it’s the cornerstone (or at least one of several cornerstones … most buildings probably have four, right?) of vast swaths of the biological sciences?

    Research in the biological sciences is going to fundamentally reshape our civilization over the course of the 21st century, in the same way that research in physics and chemistry fundamentally reshaped the 20th century. And if America was stupid enough to follow Broun’s lead, we’d basically drop out of the modern world.

    Why not just go all-in and claim that the Earth is flat?

  2. 2012 October 11 at 5:49 pm

    Akin also on the Congressional Science Committee? :googles: Dang, you’re right.

    That’s double face palm right there.

  1. 2012 October 15 at 6:34 am
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