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Date: 01/22/13 08:46 AM

49 Responses to State Senator Asks If E. Coli Evolves Into People

  1. Profile photo of FoolsPrussia
    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 9:07 am
    Link: State Senator Asks If E. Coli Evolves Into People - Check out the front row facepalm at the one minute mark.
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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 9:16 am
    Creationists don`t have to make sense to be funny.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    January 22, 2013 at 9:19 am
    How do people vote for these idiots in the first place?
  4. Profile photo of broizfam
    broizfam Male 60-69
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    January 22, 2013 at 9:47 am
    @Mikeoxsbiggg,
    Unfortunately, they don`t have to make sense to get elected either!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 22, 2013 at 9:56 am
    Multiple face-palms! And well deserved too, what an idiot.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    January 22, 2013 at 10:00 am
    Unfortunately he seems to have an average understanding of science for a politician. You don`t have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 22, 2013 at 10:07 am
    how does an adult who has been to school not understand the most basic biology? Thank God for David Attenborough, even if you failed at biology we picked it up off the T.V.
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 10:09 am
    panth753

    "How do people vote for these idiots in the first place?"

    Most people are stupid. They want someone in charge that they can relate to. Insert George W Bush and Sarah Palin.
  9. Profile photo of FoolsPrussia
    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 10:14 am
    People vote for guys like this because they agree with him. His argument sounds stupid to those of us who are knowledgable about basic evolution, but a lot of creationists think that sort of argument is valid.

    Wikipedia has a little paragraph on this hearing
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Intellectually, he`s throwing rocks at a gun fight.

    I`ll take bets he get`s reelected next term.
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 10:51 am
    State Senator Asks If E. Coli Evolves Into People

    That was a missed opportunity if ever I saw one to reply "yes, but not if the mother doesn`t want it to - because then she just instructs her body`s reproductive organs to shut down".
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:10 am
    They both don`t know what they are talking about. I hope people who don`t accept evolution as the start of man can still accept adaptation. They are different.
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    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am
    Good on her for pausing just long enough to make him look like a complete idiot!
  14. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    "Evolution doesn`t exist."
    "Evolution doesn`t exist."
    "Evolution doesn`t exist."
    "Evolution doesn`t exist."

    US policy, if you say it often enough it becomes true. Especially if it`s not true.

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    spanerbulb Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:30 am
    USA, you are doomed!
  16. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:36 am
    IT`S MADE OF PEOPLE!! PEOPLE DAMN IT PEOPLE!!!!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:45 am
    Now in the name of bipartisanship enjoy this gem.

    National Security Advisor Richard Danzig:
    “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security."
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    January 22, 2013 at 11:56 am
    he he he
  19. Profile photo of Andrew155
    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    January 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    HolyGod, they didn`t want Palin. She lost.

    Insert Bush and *Obama.

    Now your statement is accurate.
  20. Profile photo of drawman61
    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    You guys really must stop voting for people based on whether they appeared in movies or have nice hair.
  21. Profile photo of GhettoNinja
    GhettoNinja Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    Soo...what have I learned here today?


    Even on a smaller scale, US politicians are still morons.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    DO we have a higher def. video I`m trying to check the lady in red out in the right she looks sexy!
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    Double face palm at that... Triple, if you count mine.
  24. Profile photo of FoolsPrussia
    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    "HolyGod, they didn`t want Palin. She lost."

    She was governor of Alaska before that.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    What do you expect from Looeeeezeeanna.
  26. Profile photo of Modwain
    Modwain Male 40-49
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    hehehe,, and thats a senator ;-)
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    soundman655 Male 50-59
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    January 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    Was that a southern accent? It always is!!
  28. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    Adaptation doesn`t prove speciation or evolution.
  29. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    To be fair, I didn`t actually watch the video earlier before making a flippant comment. Now that I have, it seems pretty obvious to me that he wasn`t literally asking such a dumb question as "does e coli evolve into a person". Rather, he was using that question as a rhetorical device to highlight his point of view, which appeared to be that the experiment being described didn`t prove that people came about as a consequence of the same evolutionary processes being described in bacteria. So, he`s still dumb, but for a whole other reason than I first thought.
  30. Profile photo of FoolsPrussia
    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    @MacGuffin: Check the link I posted further down the page for more info.
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    Fancysucksss Male 18-29
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    January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    I wish scientists would just try to get elected as senators. Or maybe we should just make a rule that people who want to get elected need education in various subjects in order to become our representatives.
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    "Adaptation doesn`t prove speciation or evolution."

    Agreed. But it does show that life adapts with time, need and opportunity. The theory is that sequential adaptive changes over thousands of generations causes the evolution of different species. So it forms a reasonably sound basis for that theory.
    I`m guessing you already knew all that, CrakrJak
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    January 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    drat america
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    hi2pi Male 30-39
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    January 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    yay ignorance!
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2013 at 4:36 am
    @Fancysucksss - unfortunately, as George dubya proved, all you need is money
  36. Profile photo of patchgrabber
    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2013 at 5:38 am
    I`m not usually one to use this, but since the original was dealing with evolution as well...

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    andybme Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2013 at 6:03 am
    Dang is that James Eagan Holmes in the second row?
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    SpermNinja81 Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2013 at 6:50 am
    Nothing wrong with religion, but you should keep these people away from big decision making. the separation of church and state is vital a vital step forward for the future of civilzation, and you want to let your government step backwards? it almost seems hypocritical waging war on the taliban and muslim fundamentalists when you idiots like this in power.
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    SpermNinja81 Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2013 at 6:56 am
    does anyone here on IAB truly think that we were created by god 6 thousand or so years ago? that the fact that are our DNA is almost identical to chimps and orangutans is just a coincidence? c`mon. I will go as far as to concede that MAYBE evolution is a tool that god uses, but maybe it`s time to stop taking the bible literally?
  40. Profile photo of RdDan
    RdDan Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2013 at 7:02 am
    Last week my right arm fell off but as i am a devout Creationist i just slapped it back on with a handful of clay.
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    furryblob Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2013 at 8:11 am
    Words fail me.
  42. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    January 23, 2013 at 8:54 am
    For anyone interested, she`s referring to the Lenski experiment.
  43. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2013 at 9:02 am
    broizfam: No matter how much E.Coli, or another cell, adapts, we have never seen speciation. Without a change in species there is no evolution, even Darwin noted that that was a major flaw in his own theory.

    What this senator clumsily questioned was that E.Coli didn`t change to another species, and of course it didn`t. Even viruses don`t evolve, because they don`t even have their own full DNA chain, they need another cell to do that adaptation for them. Without that symbiosis viruses would just disappear, completely.
  44. Profile photo of patchgrabber
    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2013 at 9:31 am
    @Crakr: Your definition of evolution is dead wrong. Viruses evolve through mutation of their DNA or RNA and subsequently those better adapted outcompete their rivals. This is evolution. Speciation is NOT required for evolution. Viruses evolve, just like E. Coli and every other living organism.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Once again the church makes the same mistake it has always made. INFLEXABILITY

    Historically speaking, whenever religion has gone against science, Science always wins. Oh, the religious might temporarily slow science with it`s refusal to accept reality when it slaps them in the face, but in the long run {just like evolution} science wins.

    Bible says God created man so that is so and science is wrong.
    Bible says unicorns exist so science is wrong.
    Bible says there are dragons.
    Bible says you can live 600 years so you can.
    Bible says the earth is flat, well it infers it with the "4 corners" referance and science is wrong with those "globe" things.
    Bible say this is the center of the universe so obviously the Sun moves around us :)

    When are you guys going to learn? Just because evolution is real does not mean you can`t still have a God. Perhaps a tool He used to make you? I don`t believe that, you go ahead.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    CrakrJak, "What this senator clumsily questioned was that E.Coli didn`t change to another species, and of course it didn`t."
    You`re a smart guy. You know, according to the "theory" of evolution, that it takes a very long time to evolve into a new species. The fact we have not been observing long enough to point to a new species doesn`t invalidate evolution. It is observable, measurable and real.
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    mesovortex Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    To say that we haven`t observed speciation is a lie:
    http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-speciation.html
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    trippyhippy9 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    This video is evidence that everyone should not be allowed to vote.
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    Badenov Male 70 & Over
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    January 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    E-coli don`t evolve into people but they do spontaneously de-evolve into State Senators occasionally.

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