Mike Pence Tries to "Disprove" Evolution

Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence has had a history of not understanding quite how evolution works. RightWingWatch has a video of Pence attempting to "disprove" evolution on the floor of the House of Representatives in 2002.

In the speech, Pence shows that he has no idea what "theory" means in a scientific context and repeatedly cites the Bible as evidence against evolution. 

You can read Pence's complete remarks in the Congressional record.

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  • Adam Newland
    commented 2016-11-10 12:11:19 -0500
    STACIE RENEE absolutely correct. It is shameful that man as educated as Mr Pence obfuscates like this .
  • Eric Knight
    commented 2016-10-06 15:58:38 -0400
    Neither Pence nor Trump understand what a scientific theory is. Neither understand that evolution is a fact as evolution is simply decent with modification. Evolution is also expounded upon by the theory of scientific evolution that is further backed up by every known scientific fact that has to do with the subject from all scientific disciplines. Supporting facts of evolution such as ring species, microevolution, transitional fossils, etc. simply fall on deaf ears with these fellows. The two are also climate change deniers. Trump denies that soldiers should have PTSD if they are strong. Trump is for having our soldiers commit atrocities and states that soldiers will gladly do heinous acts under his command. I’m not sure we can afford to have either of these candidates in the Whitehouse with their fingers on our nukes. I’m just not certain they understand that the science behind nuclear fallout is also real.
  • wayne shepherd
    commented 2016-09-14 14:26:40 -0400
    On behalf of all Hoosiers, I apologize for this moron … our gov. from Indiana. I never voted for him. But I do bear the shame of him being from my state. Just remember … it’s up to all of us to END HIS POLITICAL CAREER on Nov. 8th. VOTE!!!!!!
  • Werner Evans
    commented 2016-08-12 22:56:38 -0400
    Another adult idiot. The theory of gravity is just a theory. Number theory is just a theory. Cant trust those calculus theorems to be correct. Relativity theory just a hair brained idea? Pence satisfies the maximum theory of stupidity. Become a republican and remove science from your reality.
  • Keith Ziegler
    commented 2016-08-07 02:50:19 -0400
    ARVILLE EDGEWORTH so called “macro” evolution is what creationists made up to deal with the fact they HAD to admit evolution had too much evidence to deny it completely. Evolution is evolution, period. That we came from other animals in the past is well supported by the fossil records and evidence.
  • Rhyan Hearshman
    commented 2016-08-07 00:42:13 -0400
    Over 100 yrs we can watch rhe evolution of the cow seriously look it up the last “real” cow had long horns a tall stature and lean where’s we made them what we wanted fat slow one bull to a herd delicious meat machines……we are 98% ape if i gave you a sandswich that was 2% ham and 98% shit would you still call it a ham sandwich?
  • Mike Gleason
    commented 2016-08-06 18:20:29 -0400

    Scientists have never claimed we came from “chimps”. There is no “chimps to humans”. Chimps and humans evolved from a common ancestor. Yes, “chimps to humans” is a fairytale, constructed by creationists who do not want to understand evolution even in the slightest and have no arguments against it.

    Yes, we both evolved and it’s quite evident as both chimps and humans are apes, and all apes are monkeys, and all monkeys are placental mammals, and all placental mammals are vertabrates, and all vertabrates are animals. That’s evolution.

    If you want to argue against that (actual evolution), go for it, beat your brains out, but do not pretend you are arguing against an actual scientific theory here, because you are not. You are arguing against a creationist strawman of what evolution is.
  • Ingrid Shbangabang
    commented 2016-08-06 03:42:00 -0400
    Smug plonker !
  • Dale Anderson
    commented 2016-08-06 00:46:14 -0400
    I wish the theory of electro- magnetism were true, then we could invent handheld communication devices to notify the masses about this buffoon.
    I would like to float over there to tell him about it but im being held down by intelligent gravity.
    And yes scientists never hesitate to modify theories when new facts come to light , no matter how long. Does anyone know if pence still believes in the Ptomeliac solar sustem? After all why change the text books after only 1500 years. And who’s this Capernicus clown anyway?
  • Arville Edgeworth
    commented 2016-08-05 22:44:10 -0400
    I Googled scientific theory: “A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.” Nobody, I repeat, nobody disagrees with change within a species such as speciation and adaptation. But that isn’t the issue. Can micro-evolution be observed happening? Can it be reproduced in the lab? Do you understand why evolutionary scientists are searching so desperately for “missing links” and “common ancestors”?

    How about the “theory” of chimps to humans? Is it observable? Can it be repeated through experimentation? How can it qualify as a scientific theory if you are desperately looking for evidence to support the belief? In order to test a hypothesis such as this you look for ways to test it to prove it wrong. That is how the scientific method works. You don’t test it by looking for evidence to support what you already want to believe. That is not how real science works. The differences between chimps and humans outweigh the similarities by a 10 to 1 margin. That is usually strong enough evidence to falsify a hypothesis. Macro-evolution is a fairy tale for grownups that don’t understand real science. “Once upon a time, long ago and far away, billions of years ago. Lullaby and good night.”
  • Arville Edgeworth
    commented 2016-08-05 22:26:56 -0400
    I agree with him using the term “theory” completely wrong, unless you are only speaking of change within a species. Macro-evolution would not qualify as a scientific theory. If evolution has nothing to do with how life began, why do they teach abiogenesis in the biology books?
  • Jesse Selbert
    commented 2016-08-05 12:37:06 -0400
    Evolution has nothing to do with how life began… he also is using the term “theory” completely wrong…
  • Shane Hammond
    commented 2016-08-05 12:00:11 -0400
    What a dumbass. Holy cow.
  • Larry Lowell
    commented 2016-08-05 10:57:33 -0400
    What a stupid man.
  • Mike Ketterman
    commented 2016-08-05 06:38:29 -0400
    He’s a liar when he said he has studied “Origins” If he had studied them, he would know evolution has nothing to do with timing or how mane apes were running around at a time. It simply explained the diversity of life.
  • John Dobyns
    commented 2016-08-05 06:33:32 -0400
    They do not want to frame “theory” in the proper manner as it suits their needs. He knows that he is on CSpan…..and is pandering to his base in Indiana….you know…..goobers. He might be smart enough to get how evolution by natural selection operates, but would never admit it for fear of losing votes. Nah, on second thought….he is just stupid.
  • Justin Parker
    commented 2016-08-05 06:16:37 -0400
    I couldn’t get past 45 seconds. This man is literally stupid and unintelligent.
  • Stacie Renee
    commented 2016-08-05 00:08:10 -0400
    The problem isn’t the teaching of evolution in our schools; the problem is the teaching of the meaning of the word “theory.”
  • Robert Lawrence
    commented 2016-08-04 22:15:09 -0400
    I thought this guy was going to do good but now I see he’s pretty idiotic. Bringing silly religion up makes him look like a fool. I can’t follow a leader like that. He has bad judgment that’s going to be terrible on getting real things done. Science is the answer to all.
  • Craig Mason
    commented 2016-08-04 21:37:52 -0400
  • Peter Ronchetti
    commented 2016-08-04 20:17:38 -0400
    It is truly frightening that someone with this gentleman’s obvious lack of mental capacity could actually wind up a heartbeat away from the role of President. He doesn’t understand what “theory” means and he seems to believe that new and exciting discoveries “disprove” the theory anyway. What an utter moron.
    I would recommend Christopher Hitchen’s masterpiece “God is not Great” to him but I don’t think he’s understand a lot of the big words. Sigh…
  • Kimmi Ramone
    commented 2016-08-04 18:41:59 -0400
    The Bible is proof of NOTHING! I have faith in science.
  • Brian Brown
    commented 2016-08-04 18:40:48 -0400
    I apologize for the misspellings, pretty upset over the stupidity of this man.
  • Brian Brown
    commented 2016-08-04 18:37:51 -0400
    Not every signer of the declaration of independence believed in creationism. Also, that what science does. They porpose a theory and if new science debunks old theories, they look at the evidence and apply it. Unlike you creationists who claim a book has all the answers despite all contrary evidence. You can believe whatever you want but without real Evidence, like fossils or carbon dating, shut up. You’re talking out of your ass.
  • Glenn LaVertu
    commented 2016-08-04 18:32:43 -0400
    I wish these people would just go and learn what certain scientific terms meant. It’s not that hard. Even in 2002 when he gave this little… talk… whatever: you could Google “theory,” and find the meaning in the scientific community to be a bit different than the basic definition y’all know of and hold on to dearly and ignorantly.
  • Arnolfo Santoro Saurus
    commented 2016-08-04 18:00:59 -0400
    Honestly, how is he able to even breathe let alone consider speaking on evolution? Who’s the reptile now?