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