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RE: [OriginsTalk] News item - Scientists expose AiG museum's unscientific nature

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  • LowellBaker
    Ah, but what if AIG is right and the scientists are wrong? Remember the old story of the 3 men and the elephant. We all can have a view. Science is always
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 6, 2007
      Ah, but what if AIG is right and the scientists are wrong? Remember the old
      story of the 3 men and the elephant. We all can have a view. Science is
      always changing. Creationists only say, God did it. That does not change
      pure science on how things work. Only the view purposed by biologists that
      it all happened according to their, NO GOD view. Lowell


      From: OriginsTalk@yahoogroups.com [mailto:OriginsTalk@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Todd S. Greene
      Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2007 12:20 PM
      To: OriginsTalk@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [OriginsTalk] News item - Scientists expose AiG museum's
      unscientific nature

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      The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology on the Creation Museum
      (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 7/17/2007)

      Professional paleontologists from around the world are concerned
      about the misrepresentation of science at the newly opened Creation
      Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The Creation Museum has been
      marketed to the public as a "reasoned, logical defence" for young-
      earth creationism by Ken Ham, the President and CEO of Answers in
      Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum. The Society of Vertebrate
      Paleontology, a world-wide scientific and educational organization
      concerned with vertebrate paleontology, contends that the museum
      presents visitors with a view of earth history that has been
      scientifically disproven for over a century.

      The Creation Museum's fossil exhibitions, though artistically
      impressive, include a vast number of scientific errors, large and
      small. These errors range from implying that the Earth's sedimentary
      rocks were deposited by a single biblical Flood, to claiming that
      humans and dinosaurs lived alongside one another, to denouncing the
      reality of transitional fossils.

      "Ken Ham is not recognized as a scientist or educator among experts
      in the fields of geology and paleontology, and his views on the
      interpretation of Biblical texts are extremist. Visitors to
      his 'museum' may arrive knowing little about these sciences, but they
      will leave misled and intellectually deceived," said Dr. Kevin
      Padian, Professor and Curator, University of California, Berkeley and
      President of the National Center for Science Education.

      The fossil exhibits at the Creation Museum discount the last 150
      years of paleontological and geological discovery. Not only are
      transitional fossils, including snakes with limbs and dinosaurs with
      feathers, abundant in the fossil record, but radiometric dating
      allows paleontologists to pinpoint the timing of major events in the
      ancient history of the earth.

      For example, Tyrannosaurus rex existed over 65 million years ago,
      whereas modern humans didn't show up on the scene until 200 thousand
      years ago. They never walked side by side. The Creation Museum
      neglects to include this critical data in its analysis of the history
      of life on earth. "Most of us in the public view museums as places to
      get the latest information on scientific discovery. In this case,
      the Creation Museum is using the disguise of science museums and
      centers without including an iota of science inside," said Dr. Kristi
      Curry Rogers of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

      "That's the real danger of such a place - undermining the basic
      principles of science, eroding the public's confidence in science,
      and causing a general weakening of science education in the country,"
      commented Dr. Glenn Storrs of the Cincinnati Museum Center.

      Dr. Catherine Badgley, a professor at the University of Michigan and
      president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology,
      remarked, "according to the Creation Museum, the history of life is
      short, sin-ridden, and laden with moralizing imperatives. In
      contrast, the real fossil record shows that this long history is
      brimming with discoveries of new kinds of animals, plants, and
      environments, inviting people to use their unusual minds to question,
      to reason, and to wonder at life's remarkable variety."

      Founded in 1940, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is the
      leading North American scientific and educational organization
      concerned with vertebrate paleontology. The society has 2,200
      members from 40 countries; members include professionals, students,
      artists, preparators, and others interested in vertebrate fossils.
      The purpose of the society is to advance the science of vertebrate
      paleontology, including the history, evolution, comparative anatomy,
      and taxonomy of vertebrate animals, as well as the field occurrence,
      collection, and geological context of fossil vertebrates. The society
      is also concerned with the conservation and preservation of fossil
      sites. It publishes The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, a
      leading journal in the field.

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