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Monday, November 19, 2012
Marco Rubio won't take sides on basic physics
Marco Rubio was asked,
I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.
Note that Rubio has made no distinction between the age of our solar-system and the creation of the whole Universe.
The age of our solar-system isn't even a Darwin question. It is a radiation-decay question. Either the laws of physics drastically changed during that First Week - in such a way that it made the first asteroids look like they were 4,567,000,000 years old - or else that's the actual age of the primordial disc.
Begging Rubio's pardon, he is qualified to evaluate those two possibilities. Scientist or not.
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