Sunday, June 12, 2005

Among the people I know, no one has really heard much of creationism

I have a very horrible feeling this is going to change over the next 5-10 years - and also coming to Europe.

When someone like Ken Ham has spent 11 years in Northern Kentucky creating a museum to answer one of the most debated questions of our time: How and when did life begin - it must be taken serious, though it's nonsense.

Visitors to Ham's still-unfinished Creation Museum will experience his view: that God created the world in six, 24-hour days on a planet just 6,000 years old. This literal interpretation of the Bible runs counter to accepted scientific theory, which says Earth and its life forms evolved over billions of years.

Read the article Ministry uses dinosaurs to dispute evolution by John Johnston, Enquirer staff writer.

Ken Ham runs the AiG (Answers in Genesis) ministry dedicated to bringing the claimed truths of Genesis and Creation to millions around the country. I think you should check out this dishonest AiG article, making a fabricated case that al opponents of AiG are atheists, materialists, and humanists.

It seems that AiG likes to portray itself as a David against the Goliaths, but it's a religious and political organization, not a scientific one, and its major opponent is the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).

Along the same lines, Observer has a piece about the Museum of Earth History in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas: Would you Adam 'n' Eve it ... dinosaurs in Eden

The destruction of the dinosaurs is explained, not by a comet striking the Earth 65 million years ago, but by the Flood. This, the museum says, wiped out most of the dinosaurs still alive and created the Grand Canyon and huge layers of sedimentary rock seen around the world.

Some dinosaurs survived on Noah's ark. One poster explains that Noah would have chosen juvenile dinosaurs to save space. An illustration shows two green sauropods in the ark alongside more conventional elephants and lions. The final exhibit depicts the Ice Age, where the last dinosaurs existed with woolly mammoths until the cold and hunting by cavemen caused them to die out.

Scientists dismiss such claims as on a par with believing in Atlantis. Yet the museum is unlikely to be seen as a major threat to mainstream science. It was put in the heart of an area where Christian attractions are a mainstay of the local economy.

The thing about dinosaurs surviving on Noah’s Ark reminded me of some excellent post over at Pharyngula: Why is it called biblical literalism, Please, sweet lord, nooooooo!, Pinkoski Part 1: Danged know-it-alls and Pinkoski again. PZ Myers is really having fun with the creationist comic book by Jim Pinkoski that purports to explain all the flaws in evolutionary biology.

It was (not) the FLOOD that killed the dinosaur

The picture was found from: The weirdest book I ever got

Opponents of evolution want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real science, but their arguments don't hold up. John Rennie wrote 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense, that still exists in the public imagination.

All this ID/creationism is entirely contrary to what I've learned about evolution in biology classes: There are variations within populations, and the variants that are most successful at coping with local, short-term conditions are represented at a higher frequency in subsequent generations, but there is no intelligence behind changes.

The massive evidence from palaeontology, genetics, zoology, molecular biology and other fields have established evolution's truth beyond reasonable doubt.

All this creationist nonsense isn't science. It's a glorified version of the "goddidit" explanation for why things happen.

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