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This comic is a reference to {{rw|Young_Earth_creationism|Young Earth creationism}}, which includes the belief that the Earth has only existed for about 6,000 years. Young Earth creationism is mainly based on {{w|Biblical literalism|literal interpretations of the Bible}}, which is [https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Creationism pseudoscience]. The professor is originally not bothered by the fact that someone believes in Young Earth creationism and simply tells the child to look at the scientific {{rw|evidence}}. However, she then hears that the person is actually a {{w|United States Senate|United States senator}}, who would presumably influence national policy according to his creationist beliefs. This, she acknowledges, is an actual problem.
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This comic is a reference to {{w|Young Earth creationism}}, which includes the belief that the Earth has only existed for about 6,000 years. Young Earth creationism is mainly based on {{w|Biblical literalism|literal interpretations of the Bible}}, which is [https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Creationism pseudoscience]. The professor is originally not bothered by the fact that someone believes in Young Earth creationism and simply tells the child to look at the scientific evidence. However, she then hears that the person is actually a {{w|United States Senate|United States senator}}, who would presumably influence national policy according to his creationist beliefs. This, she acknowledges, is an actual problem.
  
The comment on the fossils refers to an argument by some Young Earth creationists about the {{rw|Evidence_against_a_recent_creation#Lack_of_DNA_in_fossils:_100.2C000|discovery of fossilized sea creatures at high altitudes}}. While mainstream science sees this as evidence of geological processes taking far longer than six thousand years, these creationists say that sea life reached these locations during a worldwide flood that covered even the tops of mountains.
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The comment on the fossils refers to an argument by some Young Earth creationists about the discovery of fossilized sea creatures at high altitudes. While mainstream science sees this as evidence of geological processes taking far longer than six thousand years, these creationists say that sea life reached these locations during a worldwide flood that covered even the tops of mountains.
  
The story of this flood, colloquially called ''{{rw|Noah's_Ark|Noah's Ark}}'', is found in the Biblical {{w|Book of Genesis}}; [http://biblehub.com/genesis/6.htm chapters six through nine]. Though it is not stated in {{w|the Bible}} story, many sea creatures are presumed by those who make this claim to have died at high altitudes when the waters lowered. This is a theory held by some Young Earth creationists for the fossils.
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The story of this flood, colloquially called ''{{w|Noah's Ark}}'', is found in the Biblical {{w|Book of Genesis}}; [http://biblehub.com/genesis/6.htm chapters six through nine]. Though it is not stated in {{w|the Bible}} story, many sea creatures are presumed by those who make this claim to have died at high altitudes when the waters lowered. This is a theory held by some Young Earth creationists for the fossils.
  
 
The last panel is a reference to the fact that a number of people vote based on their perception that the person they're voting for shares their religious views, and then that person goes on to make legislative or educational (if they were voted to a board of education) decisions based on said beliefs.  There have been several instances in the U.S. of state boards of education trying to or succeeding at including young-earth or other creationist theories in the state's science curriculum. See for instance {{w|Theistic evolution}}.
 
The last panel is a reference to the fact that a number of people vote based on their perception that the person they're voting for shares their religious views, and then that person goes on to make legislative or educational (if they were voted to a board of education) decisions based on said beliefs.  There have been several instances in the U.S. of state boards of education trying to or succeeding at including young-earth or other creationist theories in the state's science curriculum. See for instance {{w|Theistic evolution}}.
  
The title text makes a further, more playful jab, claiming that {{w|scientist}}s not only have the upper hand in reasoning but also in sexiness. This subverts the once-commonly held idea that smarts and attractiveness are not always contained in the same "package," the stereotypical scientist being boring and dull. It also adds a tinge of irony, as no competent reasoner would make an {{w|Argument from authority|argument from sexiness}}.
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The title text makes a further, more playful jab, claiming that {{w|scientist}}s not only have the upper hand in reasoning, but also in sexiness. This subverts the once-commonly held idea that smarts and attractiveness are not always contained in the same "package," the stereotypical scientist being boring and dull. It also adds a tinge of irony, as no competent reasoner would make an {{w|Argument from authority|argument from sexiness}}.
  
 
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