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    Default Please tell me the Republican Strategist in this spot is not mainstream

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    This is not a mainstream Republican point of view, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/co...mming-america/

    This is not a mainstream Republican point of view, is it?
    Not viewable outside the US, want to give us a run down on what its saying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
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    This is not a mainstream Republican point of view, is it?
    Among evangelicals (the loudest Republicans these days), it absolutely is. People actually believe this stuff, including my parents. I remember when I was in high school, before I started my Biology class, my parents told me that scientists lie. Of course, back then I believed them, but silly me...I tried to figure out how and why the scientists were lying. It lead to me "backsliding".
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Not viewable outside the US, want to give us a run down on what its saying?
    A Republican strategist believes that scientists lie and science is a huge conspiracy. Evolution is a lie. Students should be taught all "theories" and be allowed to choose what is true for themselves.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    A Republican strategist believes that scientists lie and science is a huge conspiracy. Evolution is a lie. Students should be taught all "theories" and be allowed to choose what is true for themselves.
    Strange marriage of conservatism and relativism.

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    Gravity is a theory

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    Both of these statements are fact

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    Given that about half of the USA believes a lot of this crap, and Republicans are much more likely to believe than the general population, I'd sell well over 50% of Republicans believe this and as such it would be fair to call it mainstream.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Strange marriage of conservatism and relativism.
    There is a point of extremity where relativism and absolutism meet again. I know it's a trite reference, but I am reminded of 1984 at the part when O'Brian explains that it is essential to the power of the party that people consider facts completely relative and mutable.
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