Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Hey, Adam, let's go feed the Stegosaurus!

Here's why the "intelligent design" people are so scary. Among other things, they perpetuate a view of earth science that maintains that Adam and Eve cavorted around Eden with peaceful, plant-eating dinosaurs. And Noah welcomed baby 'saurs onto the ark.

There's a $25 million museum going up in Kentucky that will be full of exhibits of this horseshit. Read about it here.

Other creationist museums are going up in Arkansas, Texas, California, Tennessee and Florida. Museums are part of a massive push to teach creationism in schools, part of a vast Christian publishing and filmmaking industry that seeks to rewrite the past and make it conform to the Bible.

Maybe they can make one of those museums a wing of the shiny new Bush Library. It would certainly play to the same crowd of tourists who worship both Jesus and W.

For a great evolution recap, check out this past week's pure genius Simpsons "couch opening." Watch Homer evolve from single-celled organism to swimmy thing to dinosaurlet to rat to monkey to...Do'h!


Blogger SourDad said...

I love to ask the fundies this:

The Bible tells us the approximate dimensions of Noah's Ark, right?

They agree.

Then I point out that it's not big enough to fit two of every land creature found on earth today, and ask, "So where'd they all come from?"

I've gotten some good answers...
None based on science though.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Cold Potato said...

To quote River from Firefly:

River: Noah's Ark is a problem.

Book: Really?

River: We'll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat!

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Post-Roman studies we call it Thomism. This set of cultural beliefs includes aquaria, which go very well with arks, storms, tempests and your occasional thunder stomp.

It does remind us of a past that does not fulfill a tradition forlorn, and its poetry goes something like this:

Though thy king might be,
(pointing accusingly) I am the god

Mr Big D.
U of C

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awit, I dunno why it’s me who has to do this, but here it goes. It’s mainly for Hillary, who was complainingly commenting just below saying she was kinda 'boggled', and it kinda implies what other commentators like sourdad, cold potato and Mr Big D above have been saying.

If creationists believe that the Bible is, as God‘s word, a fundamental truth and they believe that it was written by men, this should not contradict evolutionism.

Wait, let me rephrase.

The Bible is God’s word, right. Well, it was commanded by God, but it was written by men. In the definition of God, not of men, is perfection. If men were perfect, they would not be men, they would be gods. Thus, although we might believe in the scriptures, we cannot assume that they are perfect because they do not exhaust God, they represent what God's word is in a rendering by men. It would even be kinda blasphemous to assume that men take the shape of God’s perfection, it would be kinda playing God. Thus, the scripture is the good book to be read as written by men and read in human imperfection as opposed to godly perfection.

Darwin was appraising how we came to this point (nineteenth century scientificism). He does not say thou should be asshole because you tink you have bigger gun. He just makes the point that if we made it to this moment it has been more by means of a development that spans thousands of years. This would not justify kissing nobody's ass either, or wouldn’t necessarily being against any other religion. At least in these my humble two cents at the science/religion debate.


8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, calling others' belief systems "horseshit"...now that's rhetorical genius right there. What an intelligent argument. I'm enlightened and convinced. Now I remember why I stopped reading this blog for so long. Tah!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly I'd agree with the profession that a museum that teaches that the reason T-Rex had such big teeth was to break open coconuts - is horse-shit.


12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous (two posts above me), not all belief systems are created equal. While some might say that all belief systems should be respected equally (or alternatively, that none of them should be respected at all), I think one needs to use one's judgment. It seems to me that, for example, Christianity (also Judaism, Buddhism, etc.) deserve far greater respect than Scientology. Also, one can (and should) use one's judgment on different sects of the same religion - for example, Catholicism or almost any mainstream Protestant movement vs. say, the Unification Church. Some belief systems make more "sense" than others, and some are more in touch with reality than others. And in my book, any belief system that can tell us with a straight face that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time, in fact that Adam and Eve lived with dinosaurs and that Noah put them on his ark, is not one that I feel I need to give much respect to.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it often considered blasphemous to believe in evolution in the U.S? Other countries have religion, but believe in the reality of evolution as well.

it is so troubling.

4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm finished with this blog. Sorry, prof, I used to be a big fan. But, I'd rather hear rants about students than religion. The humor has gone from witty to just plain bitter.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN to the above comment! Exactly how I feel. I realize the Prof. has the right to post whatever she wants on her personal blog, but I also have the right to not read it. I guess the line between bitter/hateful and witty is indeed fine and subjective.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I split my infinitive, but I was all passionate-like!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add me to the list of folks who won't be back. Apparently the Phantom Prof doesn't know how to disagree with people without being disagreeable.

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Anonymous what language you should avoid in essays work said...

Sure, museums are very useful establishments. They give us the picture of our past. I like visiting them and learning something new about our history.

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