Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Parents Lie To Children About Gravitation, Plate Tectonics, and Evolution



Jeanna Bryner: Parents Lie to Children Surprisingly Often.

Parents might say "honesty is the best policy," but when it comes to interacting with their own kids, mom and dad stretch the truth with the best of them, finds a new study.

From claiming the existence of magical creatures to odd consequences of kids' actions, parents often come up with creative tales to shape a child's behaviors and emotions.

"We are surprised by how often parenting by lying takes place," said study researcher Kang Lee of the University of Toronto, Canada. "Our findings showed that even the parents who most strongly promoted the importance of honesty with their children engaged in parenting by lying."

19 comments:

Jeffery Keown said...

It's true. 75% of parents tell their kids the Bible is literally true.

That means denying evolution.

I don't know anybody who lies about Gravity but you, Oils.

As for plate tectonics, you're wrong about that as well, but we've been down that road.

KV said...

Jeffery,

I could live with the ignorance of the parents when they say Bible is literally true. However, many say that it is the only truth!

Most religions advocate such beliefs, even if they have to lie!

OilIsMastery said...

You guys don't think Egypt and the Pharaohs are literally true?

I do.

Jeffery Keown said...

Oils,
Do you also believe in talking snakes and that pi=3.0?

If so, I have a bridge for sale...

OilIsMastery said...

Jeffery,

The Bible does not say that pi = 3.

Why don't you believe in Egypt and the Pharaohs?

Jeffery Keown said...

Oh, I believe in Egypt all right, but

"And he [Hiram] made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one rim to the other it was round all about, and...a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about....And it was an hand breadth thick...." — First Kings, chapter 7, verses 23 and 26

pi=3

OilIsMastery said...

That doesn't say pi=3.

You have reading comprehension difficulties.

We've gone over this already.

Quantum_Flux said...

This is news?

Quantum_Flux said...

Hmmmm, it could have been an ellipse with the semi-major axis of 10 cubits, but that is just something else that OIM doesn't believe in because he doesn't know how to compute the circumference of an ellipse.

By the way, what the heck is a "molten sea" and how does somebody make one, what function does it serve?

OilIsMastery said...

QF,

"Hmmmm, it could have been an ellipse with the semi-major axis of 10 cubits"

Egyptian cubits, Greek cubits, or Roman cubits?

"but that is just something else that OIM doesn't believe in because he doesn't know how to compute the circumference of an ellipse."

I only know how to compute the circumference of an ellipse using Euclidean geometry (something you don't believe in).

Quantum_Flux said...

What is the formula then?

KV said...

OIM,

Yea! A round elipsoid.

Jeffery Keown said...

Hey Oils! Here you go... This is your kinda science!

Reptiloids!

KV said...

OIM,

If you would have learned anything from the article, you would not have titled as ...About Gravitation, Plate Tectonics, and Evolution but would have titled it as: About Old Aunt, Car Accidents, and Sex as Choice.

OilIsMastery said...

Jeffery,

Even Horn's extraterrestrial reptiles makes more sense than Darwin's velociraptor flying off into the sunset.

Jeffery Keown said...

It wasn't Darwin's velociraptor. It was a Chinese dinosaur similar to the Euparkeria. Learn something about evolution, will you?

I swear, you're so ignorant of evolution, I'm surprised you spell it correctly.

Quantum_Flux said...

I'll take your non-answer, Oils, to mean you don't know the formula for computing the circumference of an ellipse in plane geometry. Haha, liar!

Quantum_Flux said...

@KV: A circle is just an ellipse whereby the semi-major axis is equal to the semi-minor axis. Ellipses are round too.

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