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Archaeology, Earth, Politics, Religion

Proposal: Lawmakers Must Have Logic Skills

Can you pass this six question logic quiz? 

  • T | F – Time is a measurable quantity
  • T | F – Trees are real
  • T | F – Trees grow rings at a rate of one per year
  • T | F – As of 2013, the oldest tree-ring measurements in the Northern Hemisphere extend back 13,900 years
  • T | F – There is no evidence that 7,900 year old trees were placed on the Earth 6,000 years ago
  • T | F –  The earth is older than 6,000 years

Jesse Kremer and others who think the earth is 6,000 years old, if you can’t acquire and utilize observable facts, you should not have the burden of a job that entails making decisions for others. 

Blind persons do not make effective taxi drivers.

A Wisconsin lawmaker who believes the earth is 6,000 years old said on Thursday the blowback he’s received for his beliefs demonstrates the need for legislation regulating speech on college campuses.

Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, is a member of the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities and the author of a bill that would create penalties for college students who disrupt speakers on campus and would require University of Wisconsin System schools to remain neutral on controversial topics.

During a hearing on that proposal last month, Kremer was asked by Rep. Terese Berceau, D-Madison, if a geology professor, under the bill, would be able to correct a student who said the earth is only 6,000 years old.

“So, this bill stays out of the classroom,” Kremer answered. “Yes, the Earth is 6,000 years old, that’s a fact. But, we can discuss that outside of this room.”


Facepalm. There should be much more “blowback” for public servants who lack basic science literacy and logical reasoning abilities. 

While there are reasons to question details of some individual dating methods, the agreement of all available data (lead isochron age, tree rings, ice cores, the fossil record, continental drift, erosion, geological strata, radiocarbon dating, other radioisotopes, migration patterns, the genetic record) supports the age of the earth being about 4.5 billion years.

(Answer: All questions in the quiz are True. If you disagree, submit your reasoning in a comment.)


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