The wife and kids and I were round for dinner last night at some good friends of ours - very informal and relaxed. We have been there many times and its home from home.
They have 2 boys same as us, and they also had another friend (Jane) over with her 3 boys - as both Dad;s from each parent couple were out of town it was me and Sam and the 2 mums + 7 boys under 7 to take care of. Cue another glass of wine please.
Eating outside in the front yard, kids playing on the walk street, sunset in the background - you get the idea.
So it turns out Jane (who is a very confident, outgoing, successful businesswoman, and attorney) is from Texas, and very proud of that - rightly so - but lives in LA. I asked her over dinner if Texas had their Education Board under control yet. (see here for background) She asked what I meant, and I said for example the Board was trying to remove evolution from the science textbooks. She replied that was a good thing.
I asked if she believed in evolution. No. I clarified if she included micro-evolution. Yes - she did not accept any evolution or other theories such as the Big Bang. (I was completely stunned to meet someone live in the flesh who although educated and smart seemed so anti-science)
Anyways she continued that shortly there was a movie coming out that explained why the Big Bang was not credible. Ignoring the rapid switch away from evolution I asked her if she felt it was a good idea to get science education from movies. She replied - somewhat edgily - 'what sort of question is that?' I replied that I felt it was a rational question. She then asked if I felt that it was possible for information to be presented in a graphical, entertaining way that made the point. I agreed of course that was fine but I preferred to get science from books - I was about to explain why I felt that way - filmakers agenda, lack of peer review, credibility of sources etc etc but before I could she blustered that she couldn't believe she was having this 'argument' and that she didn't want to talk about it, at which point our gracious hostess poured some oil on the water and smoothed things over.
We didn't really fall out and we left on good terms but it was just bizarre to see someone like Jane blow up so quickly.
I'd like to know why she became so defensive so quickly - its not like I was picking on her or bullying her - remember this is an attorney businesswoman.