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Curious to know when the flat earth was settled science. The classical astronomers knew the earth was round - see Eratosthenes.
You know, conservatives and non-lefties have it hard enough on Primer without fighting amongst themselves. Let's lay down arms, okay?
So after months and months of being told I'm too conservative to the point of being a "winger" and a "nutter," etc., it turns out I'm not really a conservative at all? I'm sure the lefties here will be relieved to hear that. We're all incredibly lucky to have someone of your supreme intelligence here to set us straight.
Maybe while you're here you could tell us that story about how you and your private-school buddies were the smartest kids in history. It's been at least a month since you told that one, and it's always a classic.
For me the field that has taken up this position in my life is reconstructive linguistics, specifically Indo-European linguistics. Obviously there's less potential for stunning new discoveries in the field (unless somebody successfully decodes Messapic or Picenian or turns up a bunch of Gaulish-language books that somehow escaped Caesar's bonfires, that is), but it's the same sense of "jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces" that appeals to me about both IE linguistics and evolutionary biology. (And, in an interesting analogy, the history of the early -- as in pre-Punic War -- Roman Republic, for which a "traditional narrative" exists but the underlying truth of which is open to major dispute.) It's all about looking at the information we DO have, deciding what weights and values to accord it, and assembling the data into a picture that best takes account of everything without succumbing to fatal omissions.
It ain't bragging if you can back it up. You'd think someone on a baseball site would remember that.
To bring the two threads together, the use of linguistics to trace human migration/populations is super ####### cool. It blows my mind that, for example, we have no idea who the Melanesians are and when and how they got to where they are.
I'm generally a believer in the Eleventh Commandment myself, but I'm happy to make an exception in 'zop's case. If his smug elitism is the hallmark of being a true Republican or conservative, I wouldn't want to be one.
Reagan's 11th Commandment is bullsh!t beyond all bullsh!t. Reagan was after all the guy who kneecapped Ford in 1976 and smeared Bush and Kemp all over the place in 1979 and 1980.
Yes, luckily for the United States, Ronald Reagan didn't believe in unilateral disarmament.
Sure he did. He believed in the unilateral disarmament of others. That's why the 11th Commandment went into effect the moment he became the head of the GOP, and not while he was busy hacking away at his party contemporaries.
The Eleventh Commandment dates to the 1960s, and originated with California's GOP chairman.
I didn't say Reagan originated it, just that he didn't bother with it until after he was done bloodying the rest of his Republican contemporaries, including a sitting Republican president in 1976. AFTER Reagan was on top of the mountain, that Commandment became oh so important, but not before.
Jeter is right. We should use scientific methods and academic consensus to address pressing social issues.
And since the science has changed, do we readdress the abortion issue which was decided on the science of the day in the early 70's? Will science only rule when it is also politically correct?
Reagan famously adhered to the 11th Commandment and got beat in primary after primary. It was only after realizing the folly of unilateral disarmament that he started to "bloody" anyone.
So Reagan famously adhered to the 11th Commandment, except when he famously didn't. Awesome. High five!
The 11th Commandment didn't include a command for people to turn the other cheek.
Mr. Nixon, only the eighth man to be renominated by the Republicans after having lost one Presidential election, triumphed over a determined "stop Nixon" drive waged from the left by Governor Rockefeller of New York and from the right by Governor Ronald Reagan of California.
"...“[President Gerald Ford] has shown neither the vision nor the leadership necessary to halt and reverse the diplomatic and military decline of the United States.”
Wasn't Indo-European the language/languages of the people from Central Asia who domesticated the horse? And then, after they pushed up against European agricuturalists, both the horses and the languages may have spread further than the people did?
I guess if you want to say the 11th Commandment doesn't include trying to stab your party's incumbents in the neck, then sure, whatever. I apologize for even suggesting St. Ron might have been politically ambitious or calculating in some way.
Snapper, you're attributing all this to a warmer climate? That seems a real stretch to me.
LOL. In my 40-year lifetime, we've gone from worrying about cooling to worrying about warming. That seems like at least one shift too many on a planet that is, as you so helpfully pointed out, billions of years old.
The church determined it settled the Earth was flat.
The curvature of the earth has always been fairly obvious to anyone who is paying attention. Heliocentrism, not so much.
Speaking of which, apparently Jeter is dating the girl from the DirecTV commercials so as always, he's doing fine.
WHO has a track record of over-stating risks and dangers (flu pandemic) in order to build it's importance and influence.
9/11 was organized by Bush 5.
I always thought that Bigfoot and aliens had a hand in 9/11.
"flat earth" is common shorthand for those that seek to end further scientific study. The global warming crowd that aligns closely with the UN shares some similarities to "flat earthers".
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