Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wha???

Ok, this is something that’s honestly beginning the scare me.

Things like the opening of the “Creationism Museum” in Kentucky, where kids can go and learn that the earth is only 6000 years old, that dinosaurs were on the Arc and that the Grand Canyon was created over the space of a week.

It’s not that I have anything against Bible stories, I just don’t like beliefs being represented to young kids as science.

Why does this scare me? Because we’re moving into a world where a kid will go to science class, disagree with his teacher, because he saw a ‘scientific exhibit’ that the world is only 6000 years old…and when the teacher corrects him, he’ll end up getting fired for ‘intolerance of others’ beliefs’.

If you think I’m exaggerating, take the story of the kid who won first place for biology at the Pawley’s Island Christian Academy science fair, for his project entitled “Creation Wins!!!”

The kid suspended a paper towel between two glasses of water mixed with Epsom salts, causing the paper towel to form stalactites.

"Scientists say it takes millions of years to form stalactites," Benson said. "However, in only a couple of hours, I have formed stalactites just by using paper towel and Epsom Salts."

Ok, you can believe whatever you want when it comes to creationism versus evolution, but just about everything about that experiment is wrong. Basically:

1) This has absolutely nothing to do with biology.

2) Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, stalactites are calcium corbonate.

3) Science has never said stalactites take millions of years to form. Hundreds of thousands, yes…millions, no.

4) Stalactites have never been used to date the Earth’s age.

So, long story short, this kid won first prize, despite the fact his experiment had nothing to do with the subject (This should be geology, not biology), his experiment had nothing to do what he was trying to prove, and even if his method had been 100% correct, the conclusion proves nothing.

Belief’s aside, and giving the kid a little slack for not understanding what’s going on, how can this kid’s parents, his teacher and the judges at the science fair allow this to happen?

This is the equivalent of me using a couple of thumbtacks to attach a 150lb sack of sand to a piece of balsa wood, and when the balsa wood breaks, saying “Wood can’t support the average weight of a grown male when attached by only two nails, therefore, there’s no way Jesus could have been nailed to a cross, therefore he never existed.”

Yup, wrong wood, wrong nails, wrong weight distribution and a conclusion that has nothing to do with the fact I’m trying to prove.

I’ll be completely honest. I just don’t get it. How can any sane person believe a book written over 2000 years ago can have anything to do with science? It’s just what some people wrote down. It wasn’t faxed to Earth from Heaven, and when it comes to creation, it’s just the ideas that some people had when trying to make sense of what’s going on around them.

People born at that time thought mental illness meant you’d been possessed. Hell, we were still bleeding people with leeches a couple hundred years ago, and our best scientists thought that traveling at 40mph on a train would asphyxiate the passengers or cause their heads to explode!

Now, the creationists among you have probably just noticed I’ve said that scientists were wrong back then, and are therefore probably wrong today.

Well, here’s a chart that pretty much explains everything.

Click for a closer look.

I’m not saying science is infallible, or that we have everything figured out. I just mean we have a better understanding today of what makes the world tick than a bunch of guys who died 2000 years ago.

1 comment:

manda said...

i absolutely hate religious people. they get all fucking offended when you bring up the idea that god doesn't exist, or even if you bring up the idea of EVOLUTION, they get all huffy, but when people like well you, athiests complain about them offending your religion, or lack of, they get all huffy again, because you're intruding on their rights, like you don't have rights.