Skip to comments.Gingrich would invite Darwin to hypothetical dinner party (Newt after Jesus, before Lennon on list)
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.......
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
"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."
So he would invite himself?
I *live* for those commercials.
That guy couldn’t hold a candle to Newt. (/s)
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).
If Jim Thompson's not on the list it's not a dinner party ...
it's just a wine and cheeser.
Only one politician?
Would love to see obama’s list of marxist he’d love to dine with.
On Newt's list (see his list in Post #7).
“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”
“Cavemen go to the barber shop with his picture”
Darwin would be boring at a dinner party. He’d spend the whole evening grouping items in the bread basket by size and color.
Guests at the U.S.state dinner for China's President Hu Jintao hosted by Michelle and Barack Obama.
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.
.....[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: 19451960".
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 19771978 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
“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”
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....
Julia was not a chef.
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.
Newt’s choices are pretty good. I might add Mark Twain and drop the Wrights but that’s just quibbling.
Then I'd have Cleopatra.
Then I'd have three big goons to keep my wife away. lol
Steve Allen's "Meeting of the Minds" had Darwin, but never dared go there...
“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. ...”
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
"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!!"
True. It will be the other way around:
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."
Are you the writer for “The most interesting man in the world!”
LOL — I think you’re only half kidding. LOL
He may be on that list -- Bundy is.
Matchett-PI has a comment re evolution in Post # 28.
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.
..Amen, and I get hungrier for that great event every day...
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”.
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)
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.
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.
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