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Old 08-25-2011, 05:59 PM
Wonderment Wonderment is offline
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Default Re: Rick Perry loses to 7-year-old in debate on evolution

Wonderment, I looked at the clip. There is no debate. The kid just stands there nodding, as Perry says that Texas teaches both evolution and something else.
Sometimes all it takes to win a debate is nodding while your opponent makes a fool of himself.

The context was a question by the child "How old is the Earth?" to which Perry replied, "I don't have any idea. I know it's pretty old."

The child follows up with a question about evolution and, as you saw, Perry replies, "It's a theory that is out there and it's got some gaps in it. In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in the public schools."

Perry loses the "debate" on several counts:

1.) He's disingenuously evasive about the facts: the age of the Earth and the "theory out there" of evolution.

2.) He patronizes the child who probably DOES roughly know how old the Earth is and DOES know that creationism is discredited hooey that does not belong in a public school science curriculum.

3) He bullshits along with vacuous right-wing talking points demonstrating that he has not taken the child seriously, couldn't care less what he thinks, and is actually talking over him to the media.

4) He implicitly attacks science by dismissing hundred of years of accumulated knowledge with the crack about "gaps," suggesting that scientists are mystified about evolution and therefore basically on equal footing with creationist theologians.
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