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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Out Of My Depth

Because I'm not a scientist and will never see Ben Stein's movie claiming that simple, honest creationists are the victims of a cabal of evolutionary biologists and other scientists aiming to erase the local god from society, I feel inadequate to comment on the movie. However, that's what this blog is for. How could I not? "Expelled", Stein's creationist film, attacks two things I hold dear; The scientific method of winnowing mere speculation down to solid theory and rational enlightenment. Stein also elevates the thing I most loathe, religion. Oh how could I not?

Stalin, Hitler and the tobacco companies all perverted science to political ends, but their webs of lies didn't last twenty years because science is self correcting. Lisenko's genetic theories could only be sustained by a police state, as was the racial purity of the German fascists. Big tobacco only had money to save them from the nasty habit that science has of telling us things we don't want to hear, but that lasted only a couple of decades. From cold fusion to homeopathy to zero point energy science has doused these unsupportable concepts with a bucket of research. Every day every where there is some con man dreaming up an new cure or secret energy source. I've had one guy tell me that if you entered the king james bible into a compiler it would run as software. I've been told by folk, now dead, that the apricot pits they were eating would cure their cancer. Ditto with wheat grass, mega dose vitamins and prayer. 

Creationism has been re-packaged as "intelligent design" in a dishonest effort to revive the dead folk tale into the pantheon of  scientific theories. The IDiots want to add their beliefs to those rare theories that represent millions of man-hours of research and endless  perfecting. The Theories of gravity, germs, mathematics , evolution and physics have tens of thousands of scientists working to better hone these theories. Physics has a way to go yet, but the big pieces are there (I think). The various gods haven't shown up in any of these theories, and this drives people like Stein and the Discovery Institute crazy.

If the creationists want to be taken seriously they first need to enter the scientific arena without their pre-conceived postulates based on bronze age mythology. Let the observations create the theory.

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