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Palin's Power to Destroy the World Via Scientific Ignorance, Part Deux

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Thanks to our OEN friend, W. Christopher “Bill” Epler, who gave me an idea for a post with his Never in the History of the World Has There Been an Individual Who Has the Power to Destroy the Earth Like Sarah Palin.

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A couple of days ago I surmised that even if Palin had traveled the world, she would have brought her narrow world view with her, and neither her small-minded, bigoted view, nor her experience would have changed her arrogant ‘my way is the only way’ philosophy.

In his post, Bill said that lack of curiosity, lack of scientific knowledge and relying on religious dogma and superstition is deadly to one’s personal growth, and fatal to a country when that is the criteria on which one’s leadership is based.

“In balance, she's probably about 15 times more dangerous than McCain, who seems to be a sort of Alzheimer’s God of War…many of us simply don't realize the limitless danger of this mindless and scientifically illiterate woman. She REALLY believes the Earth is a Motel 6 she's just "passing through" on her way to comic book salvation or damnation.”

I’ve always found science more than interesting, and I’ve always been interested in how things are construed and how they work.

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It may be narrow of me to be bewildered that someone can have no curiosity in these matters, and I could chalk it off to different strokes for different folks.

Never in a million years will I understand how someone can allow their life to be controlled by religious dogma in lieu of scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity and a modicum of logical thinking.

Nearly eight years of George Bush, who’s governed by Bible rather than U.S. Constitution is proof enough that we don’t need another four years of the same, if not worse.

Belief in god and having scientific knowledge aren’t mutually exclusive; one can have both, they just have to be compartmentalized. I know. It seem like a contradiction, but a lot of things in life contradict each other.

Considering Palin’s lack of scientific “larnin” or curiosity, in addition to an encyclopedic dearth of knowledge on most things unrelated to anything other than her own narrow interests led me to spek-a-late on how Palin would answer a pop quiz on things scientific.

I suspect some of her responses would be as follows:

Quarks -- noises a duck makes

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String theory -- what holds up bikinis; what keeps the little red ball attached to a paddle. Don't mention that it's elastic string theory, she'll get confused.

Quasar -- sound of a duck sneezing

Supercollider -- Magic Mountain’s number one attraction

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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)

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