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I believe she means well. She's only human, and I see these stories from a different angle than most: How is it that humans can believe so strongly in ancient scripture written by men so long before science became well known, and build a conspiracy theory around modern science just because it tells a different story?

I'm not mocking or making fun. I really want to understand. (Erock, got any objective views on this?)

Why do people believe the scripture??

Indoctrination on multiple levels. Magical stories told to kids of an age when possibilities are limited only by imagination, told by adults in authority as true. Social pressure applied to kids who are at a developmental stage of seeking approval from adults and acceptance by peers. Repetition, reinforcement, repetition. Kids (and adults) discouraged from questioning any of it. This results in habits of thinking, habits of speech, habits of attribution, that pervade every aspect of life. And they add weekly booster shots of fervor. It's a miracle any of us escaped.

[...] kids who are at a developmental stage of seeking approval from adults and acceptance by peers.

That one hit me in 8th grade. I lost a friend because of it, and I began to realize how serious this shit was going to get. It was hard enough just being honest about it in the classroom, and I never pushed my view again in public, except by using adjectives like "skeptical".

Aron Ra interviewed that lady for an hour before she rage quit. I found her thought process about this was very simplistic and she really needs to learn about what she's talking about before going to the press like this.

I'm not sure if she actually rage quit, but she may as well had. Seems she got to talk for about 15 minutes total, and Aron filled the other 45 with one-way dialog.

No matter, all her points could have probably been neatly summarized in about 5 minutes!

My ex-GF had a parrot that would give me that T-Rex stare-down when she wasn't home. Maybe it knew I was involved in a fake-dino fossil lab/distribution ring. Sometimes we used to hide the fossils in bricks of cocaine.

link plz id love to see that :D

I don't understand how a person can walk into a natural history museum and NOT see the evidence. I just can't imagine that state of existence...one being in love with his own ignorance. Even when I was a Christian, I knew that the Earth was very old and life forms lived millions of years before we humans got here. The evidence is overwhelming and has been proven on different continents. I give the Department of Education an F for failing to give every American citizen a decent education. 

Peter said 

"I don't understand how a person can walk into a natural history museum and NOT see the evidence."

She told you how. If she goes to museums and sees evidence of "the Ruthless Museum Industry Complex" and the "dinosaurs  invented by curio-hungry Victorians since the 1800s."

Living in South Dakota almost all my life it's been pretty much impossible to avoid fossils since in the SW of the state there are places you cannot walk without stepping on them. 

Most people like Kristen Auclair are stupid enough to assert their superior knowledge about prehistory any chance they get.  Since I've been collecting fossils for 20 years and making a living with them for the past four I tend to run into people like her when I'm out of the road.

(There's an irony that the last name Auclair comes from French "au clair." -- with light -- with clarity -- clear.  I hope Kristen doesn't believe her name will transfer any qualities to her.)

They're never going to become customers, so I f**k with them.  If they're stupid and arrogant enough to express their views on fossils to me they're going to get an enthusiastic testimonial about how my teen erotic fantasies were about dinosaurs and how I found out that all the plastic ones I'd had since childhood were really sex toys in disguise.

Why do that?  Just imagine how ducking fumb they sound retelling the story and trying to convince ANYONE they're not making it up.

As far as Peter's statement about giving the Dept of Education an F for it s failures at giving decent educations. --- I sympathize with those who support the firing squad for everyone who's ever been connected with it.  I've read about it and it's obvious the US should be embarrassed and justifiably pissed off to have been suckered into wasting so much money that has steadily produced worse and worse public education.

Why do that?  Just imagine how ducking fumb they sound retelling the story and trying to convince ANYONE they're not making it up.

LOL!  OK, I have to admit, that's hysterical.

As far as Peter's statement about giving the Dept of Education an F for it s failures at giving decent educations [sic].

Oh dear.

You do realize that the U.S. Department of Education doesn't give education, decent or otherwise, to anyone?  Right?   The whole 10th Amendment thing, remember.

The U.S. Department of Education mostly just administers scholarship programs of various sorts.  Pell Grants, federally funded or backed student loans, ACP and technical training funds to support people getting retrained for new careers at community colleges, Head Start and Title I funds for poor folks to get preschool and free lunch and lab equipment.

Then they have a bit of money to support educational research, to try to improve education through science.

In America, curriculum and education are actually decided on the state and local level, and it's the trashing of education funding and curriculum (particularly in conservative controlled states) that is producing the outcomes we're getting.   Essentially, states like Texas have learned that they can cut taxes and education, and then try to attract well-educated young people from other states that invest in education without having to pay for it themselves.

Essentially, states like Texas have learned that they can cut taxes and education, and then try to attract well-educated young people from other states that invest in education without having to pay for it themselves.

Dang (Texas), I hadn't ever considered that. I imagine that might also help them keep a low class low wage population working/producing for The Man (big biz). Good for Walmarts, too. And trailer parks.

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