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Gingrich would invite Darwin to hypothetical dinner party (Newt after Jesus, before Lennon on list)
The Hill ^ | November 17, 2011 | Justin Sink

Posted on 11/18/2011 4:27:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would invite mostly scientists and entrepreneurs — including Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution — to a hypothetical dinner party in which he could select the guest list from historical figures, living or dead, he told the Bio channel.

"He was the most influential scientist in the modern world, and an extraordinary observer of nature," Gingrich said of the evolutionary scientist.

The topic of evolution has become a hot-button issue in the Republican field, after Rick Perry said that it was "a theory that is out there — and it's got some gaps in it."

.....Only one politician — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill — made Gingrich's list.

"He was a Renaissance man whose stubbornness, courage and lifetime of preparation saved the democracies from tyranny," Gingrich said.......


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History; Religion; Science
KEYWORDS: gagdadbob; history; humanity; intellect; onecosmosblog; society
1. Abraham Lincoln - U.S. President

2. Jesus Christ - life is the basis for Christianity

3. Ronald Reagan - U.S. President

4. Winston Churchill - British Prime Minister

5. Albert Einstein - physicist

6. George Washington - U.S. President, General

7. John Fitzgerald Kennedy - U.S. President

8. Thomas Jefferson - U.S. Vice President, U.S. President

9. William Shakespeare - Poet, Playwright

10. Julia Child - Television personality, journalist, chef

11. Newt Gingrich - U.S. Representative

12. John Lennon - Songwriter, Singer

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1 posted on 11/18/2011 4:27:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
This "Newt picks who he'd like to have dinner with" article made me think of....

"The most interesting man in the world" commericial.

"His words carry a weight that would break a less interesting man's jaw."
"He's a lover, not a fighter; but he's also a fighter, so don't get any ideas."
"He is the life of parties he has never attended."
"His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man's entire body."
"He can speak French... in Russian."
"He once punched a magician. That's right. You heard me."
"If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off the strong urge to thank him."
"If he patted you on the back, you would put it on your resume."
"He once taught a dog to bark... in Spanish."
"He bowls overhanded."
"Sharks have a week dedicated to him."
"He lives vicariously... through himself."
"He once had an awkward moment, just to see what it felt like."
"When in Rome, they do as he does."

2 posted on 11/18/2011 4:32:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So he would invite himself?


3 posted on 11/18/2011 4:33:16 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
10. Julia Child - Television personality, journalist, chef WWII OSS Operative, China/Burma/India Theater
4 posted on 11/18/2011 4:34:31 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey, now!

I *live* for those commercials.

LOL


5 posted on 11/18/2011 4:35:45 AM PST by Salamander (I'm Wounded, Old And Treacherous.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LOL!!!

That guy couldn’t hold a candle to Newt. (/s)


6 posted on 11/18/2011 4:38:14 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: humblegunner
So he would invite himself?

Well of course he'd be there but Newt's picks are:

1. Thomas Edison
2. Charles Darwin
3. Orville Wright
4. Wilbur Wright
5. Winston Churchill
6. John Ford

The list LINKED in Post #1 is where people have voted on this question (and where Newt comes in 11th).

7 posted on 11/18/2011 4:40:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If Jim Thompson's not on the list it's not a dinner party ...
it's just a wine and cheeser.

8 posted on 11/18/2011 4:46:48 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
Is a smiling Callista upset about missing a place on Newt's list?
9 posted on 11/18/2011 4:48:58 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Only one politician?


10 posted on 11/18/2011 4:49:51 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Would love to see obama’s list of marxist he’d love to dine with.


11 posted on 11/18/2011 4:53:55 AM PST by swampfox101
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To: samtheman
Only one politician?

On Newt's list (see his list in Post #7).

12 posted on 11/18/2011 4:54:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“If he said “its not you it me” he’d be lying”
“Monkey business is his official business with primates”
“When he goes for a swim dolphins appear”
“When the zombies come he’ll be waiting”


13 posted on 11/18/2011 4:55:36 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Cavemen go to the barber shop with his picture”


14 posted on 11/18/2011 4:57:38 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Darwin would be boring at a dinner party. He’d spend the whole evening grouping items in the bread basket by size and color.


15 posted on 11/18/2011 4:58:17 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh!)
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To: swampfox101
Would love to see obama’s list of marxist he’d love to dine with.

Guests at the U.S.state dinner for China's President Hu Jintao hosted by Michelle and Barack Obama.

16 posted on 11/18/2011 5:01:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Last, but not least, because we've ALWAYS been able to trust the NY Times....

I dare say that Gingrich either KNOWS or DOES NOT KNOW what Darwin taught, and what that implies. Either possibility is frightening.

17 posted on 11/18/2011 5:01:57 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank
I dare say that Gingrich either KNOWS or DOES NOT KNOW what Darwin taught, and what that implies. Either possibility is frightening.

.....[Newt Gingrich] "received a B.A. in history from Emory University in Atlanta in 1965. He received an M.A. in 1968, and then a PhD in modern European history from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1971. His dissertation was entitled "Belgian Education Policy in the Congo: 1945–1960".

While at Tulane, Gingrich, who at the time belonged to no religious group, began attending the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church to pursue an interest in the effect of religion on political theory; he was soon baptized by Rev. G. Avery Lee. In 1970, Gingrich was appointed an Assistant Professor in the history department at West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia) in Carrollton. In 1974 he moved to the geography department.

While at West Georgia, Gingrich was instrumental in establishing an inter-disciplinary Environmental Studies program. He left at the end of the 1977–1978 academic year, after being denied tenure. He also taught a class, Renewing American Civilization, at Kennesaw State University (then called Kennesaw State College) in 1993. -- ....Gingrich converted to Catholicism, Callista Bisek's faith, on March 29, 2009.".... Source

18 posted on 11/18/2011 5:08:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
me?
19 posted on 11/18/2011 5:09:59 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“the police often question him- just because they find him interesting”
“people hang on his every word- even the prepositions”
“his mother has a tatoo that reads “Son””
“unless the entire conversation is going to be in spanish- don’t start off with “Hola””
“years ago he built a city out of blocks- today over 600,000 people live and work their”
“if he gave you directions you’d never get lost and arrive at least five minutes early”
“his organ donation card also lists his bear”
“when its raining its because he’s sad”
“even if he forgets to put postage on his mail it still get there”
“He’s left handed. And right handed”
“His charm is so contagious, vaccines have been created for it”


20 posted on 11/18/2011 5:22:03 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I still want to know the answer.

Does he know, or doesn’t he know?

Someone can have a list a degrees longer than their arm.

If he doesn’t know the implications of Darwin, he’s not qualified to be President.

P.S. Our current one DOES know the implications, I think....


21 posted on 11/18/2011 5:33:25 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: tanknetter

Julia was not a chef.


22 posted on 11/18/2011 5:34:58 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: fishtank

I’m sure he’d have a answer. He certainly did last night on Greata about the Freddie consulting. He talks all around an issue.


23 posted on 11/18/2011 5:35:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Newt’s choices are pretty good. I might add Mark Twain and drop the Wrights but that’s just quibbling.


24 posted on 11/18/2011 5:42:46 AM PST by Notary Sojac
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That's a fun game. My list would be different. I'd have James Madison, so I could debate him on the Constitution based on everything that's happened.

Then I'd have Cleopatra.

Then I'd have three big goons to keep my wife away. lol

kidding!

25 posted on 11/18/2011 5:46:16 AM PST by Huck (Not sure if I can pick one.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Actually, a dinner party is kinda lame. I'd want to hang out with one of my childhood heros, Ronnie Van Zant. But not at a damn dinner party. We'd go bass fishing.
26 posted on 11/18/2011 5:48:52 AM PST by Huck (Not sure if I can pick one.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
..the days of having the Lord as merely a dinner guest are long gone--only someone unfamiliar with who He really is would play such an academic mindgame

Steve Allen's "Meeting of the Minds" had Darwin, but never dared go there...

27 posted on 11/18/2011 5:49:08 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Gingrich converted to Catholicism, Callista Bisek’s faith, on March 29, 2009.”....”

Then I’m assuming that this is probably what he understands to be the case:

Which theory of evolution are you talking about?

“...What is the significance of such a theory? To address this question is to enter the field of epistemology.

A theory is a metascientific elaboration distinct from the results of observation, but consistent with them.

By means of it a series of independent data and facts can be related and interpreted in a unified explanation.

A theory’s validity depends on whether or not it can be verified; it is constantly tested against the facts; wherever it can no longer explain the latter, it shows its limitations and unsuitability.

It must then be rethought.

Furthermore, while the formulation of a theory like that of evolution complies with the need for consistency with the observed data, it borrows certain notions from natural philosophy.

And, to tell the truth, rather than the theory of evolution, we should speak of several theories of evolution.

On the one hand, this plurality has to do with the different explanations advanced for the mechanism of evolution, and on the other, with the various philosophies on which it is based.

Hence the existence of materialist, reductionist, and spiritualist interpretations.

What is to be decided here is the true role of philosophy and, beyond it, of theology.

Consequently, theories of evolution which, in accordance with the philosophies inspiring them, consider the spirit as emerging from the forces of living matter or as a mere epiphenomenon of this matter are incompatible with the truth about man.

Nor are they able to ground the dignity of the person. ...”

Excerpted from:

Theories of Evolution http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9703/articles/johnpaul.html

John Paul II

Copyright (c) 1997 First Things 71 (March 1997): 28-29.
Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, October 22, 1996

<>

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Creation Myths of the Tenured
http://onecosmos.blogspot.com/2010/08/creation-myths-of-tenured.html


28 posted on 11/18/2011 5:55:07 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
No matter who else I invited, I'd have Charles Manson there just to listen to his gibberish and watch him freak out everybody else.

"I hear you Mister Winston Churchill but you CANNOT inhabit my mind... which is circular... and your potentialisms can visit but they are not welcome to stay. No! I don't need anymore wine, Charles Darwin!! I know about the vestibules of your particular genus! My inner sanctum has eeeevolved and is safe from your penetrations of degeneration!!"

29 posted on 11/18/2011 5:58:58 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: WalterSkinner
"..the days of having the Lord as merely a dinner guest are long gone"

True. It will be the other way around:

Luke 22:15-18

15And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you.18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."

30 posted on 11/18/2011 6:07:52 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: God luvs America

Are you the writer for “The most interesting man in the world!”

LOL


31 posted on 11/18/2011 6:12:03 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Huck

LOL — I think you’re only half kidding. LOL


32 posted on 11/18/2011 6:14:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: dead
No matter who else I invited, I'd have Charles Manson................

He may be on that list -- Bundy is.

Ick.

33 posted on 11/18/2011 6:15:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: fishtank; Matchett-PI

Matchett-PI has a comment re evolution in Post # 28.


34 posted on 11/18/2011 6:20:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All of his picks are dead. That would make for an awkward (and very quiet) dinner party. They did say living or dead, but I think I’d stick with inviting all living, as having corpses brought in would make the living guests more uncomfortable.


35 posted on 11/18/2011 6:22:39 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: Matchett-PI

..Amen, and I get hungrier for that great event every day...


36 posted on 11/18/2011 6:39:56 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ok, I saw Reagan’s name on the list and thought, what is he, a potted plant?

Anyway, interesting that Newt picks Churchill. I pick Newt and one of the reasons is I think he will be “our Churchill”.


37 posted on 11/18/2011 6:49:43 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman
Only one politician?

Is that surprising? Maybe not, USAians luve their politicians

In 2002 there was a public poll in the UK selecting the 10 greatest Britians. Only 3 politicans made the list(Churchill, Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell)

The USA copied the idea and selected 10 great Americans, only 3 of which weren't politicians (Ben Franklin, Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey)

38 posted on 11/18/2011 6:53:57 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Oztrich Boy

I typed my question — Only one politician? — because I saw Reagan (along with Churchill) on some list in the post, don’t know what that list is.

Never mind. I wish I could delete my “Only one politician?”

What I wish was, that on this post there had been “Only one list”, the list mentioned in the title, Gingrich’s list which, I guess, didn’t include Reagan.


39 posted on 11/18/2011 7:03:11 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Oztrich Boy; samtheman

“one politician”

That was my fault — I didn’t make clear Newt’s list vs the master list — but fixed that down the thread.

Sorry to not have been clearer.


40 posted on 11/18/2011 7:17:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

i wish....


41 posted on 11/18/2011 9:12:24 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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