"No...I think parents and others often "lecture," including some DR commandos such as yourself."
If you think a one-sentence statement is a lecture, you and I have a very different definition. I would call what I did a drive-by smackdown. : )
"Yeah, I did think you were having some difficulty with it."
None at all. Since we're talking science, I don't think it means "just a guess."
"I think we have some difference in "mainstream" too. But then, you probably ARE mainstream if you're limiting it to your peers in the elite "progressive education" industry in the Northeast. "
Name three ideas I have that are "weird" and explain why they are weird.
"I'm convinced that a "theory" alone is not science although there are scientific theories which have been proved."
Agreed. My point is that Sniper seemed to say that theory and science are mutually exclusive, when in fact, theorizing is part of science, and many theories (gravity) are accepted science. Yes, for now, but that's what I was talking about all along. Here's what I said, less or not condescendingly, in #50: "Science covers theories, Sniper. Do you really not understand this? In 1642 or whatever, the educated person understood science of that time, and in 2013, the educated person should understand science of this time. I'm not saying one has to agree with it or wholeheartedly embrace, but to be ignorant is not to live in the world as it is." Yes, the second sentence is still condescending, but the rest I stand by. Firmly.
"I've accused many of condescension and patronizing...Zat (especially when he was named Data,) Dethspud, occasionally Doc and some others."
Glad to hear it. But those are still all leftwingers (more or less). Show me where you pointed out Ray's or Afk's or your own.
"Lately, I've been seeing the trait in YOU quite frequently."
It seems that around this time of year, I get more snippy on DR. But to single me out is pretty funny. Most of my posts tend to be more balanced than, say, yours. But I long ago gave up my efforts to foster civility. I try to live it, and I sometimes fail. It's called being human.
Let's get back to content; it's more interesting. Do you agree that a person should understand (not embrace, understand) the tenets of accepted science in the society in which he/she currently lives? Do you agree that's an obligation (for lack of a better word) of a citizen? Now please don't spin off into Obama deflection or "progressive" finger-pointing. It's a serious question, and it would be great if you treated it seriously. (Yes, I know that's asking for trouble. :) )