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  • rlbaty50
    This link was posted on another list: http://chem.tufts.edu/science/Geology/Wise/CreationistGeologyRefuted.h tm I thought it was interesting and I was able to
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2003
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      This link was posted on another list:

      http://chem.tufts.edu/science/Geology/Wise/CreationistGeologyRefuted.h
      tm

      I thought it was interesting and I was able to identify, in part,
      with some of what it was talking about. I figure I have been one of
      the "three year olds". Since, I'll probably never grow up, never
      grow up, never grow up, I figure I'll just have to leave the rest to
      the grown ups. Thanks to the advice of others, I have my own "sand
      box" now. The big kids I had played with before didn't like losing
      to a three-year old and were always running me off.

      Here's the conclusion of the article:

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      Conclusions

      Only now is the scientific community coming to recognize that while
      the battles against Creationism in the last decade may have been won
      in the courts, the war itself is in serious danger of being lost in
      the present court of public opinion and media nonsense. The warnings
      of the late Carl Sagan (1996) in "The Demon-haunted World" are a
      clear wake-up call for all of us.

      The statement by the American Geophysical Union (1994) is
      unambiguous:

      "The council of the AGU notes with concern the continuing efforts by
      Creationists for administrative, legislative and judicial actions
      designed to require or promote the teaching of Creationism as a
      scientific theory. The AGU is opposed to all efforts to require or
      promote the teaching of Creationism or any other religious tenets as
      science."

      Kraus (1996) may have made the best statement in a New York Times Op
      Ed piece: "The increasingly blatant nature of the nonsense uttered
      with impunity in public discourse is chilling. Our democratic society
      is imperiled as much by this as any other single threat, regardless
      of whether the origins of the nonsense are religious fanaticism,
      simple ignorance, or personal gain."

      If such activities are to be opposed effectively, a first step is to
      learn the ideas, history, and underlying assumptions of their
      proponents.

      A second step is to devise an effective counter strategy. To date,
      the scientific community has been woefully inadequate in the
      Creationist battle on both counts.

      This paper is an attempt to focus our opposition, (1) by providing
      some readily accessible information on the Creationists, (2) by
      making a proposal for an offensive rather than defensive strategy,
      and (3) by giving some background facts to implement the strategy.

      In public forums, the Creationists should be challenged to defend
      their total model of earth history, difficulties and all, and to give
      their supporting "evidence" on an item-by-item basis. Again and
      again, we should force the point that extraordinary claims require
      extraordinary levels of proof.

      Such public confrontations with Creationists may have only the
      scientific depth of disputes between three-year olds, but at least
      the proposed strategy will force those fights to occur with their
      toys in their sandbox rather than ours.

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      Sincerely,
      Robert Baty
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