Darwin Was Wrong, Part 1: The Vacation
I had been planning to take a short vacation for a while, but I didn’t want to go away while the contractor was busy not fixing my condo. I knew if I left, what little he was doing would stop completely until I got back.
When I finally got to move back home, I knew I needed a vacation (because if you’ve been living in a hotel for nine weeks, the perfect vacation is to go somewhere and live in a hotel for another week! Gosh, I’m clever!)
I had to come up with something fast, because I had to take the vacation before things got busy at work again. Palm Springs was a possibility, but there isn’t enough to do there for a whole week. Where else could I go?
I have a lot of Google alerts set up on fundie topics. It’s how I always manage to bring you the best fundie moronitude. In one of those alerts, I saw a press release titled “So. Calif. to Hear How Darwin Was Wrong”:
SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 3 /Christian Newswire/ — While many people continue to believe in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, a group of scientists will present overwhelming scientific evidence against Darwin’s speculations.
That caught my attention. A bunch of fundie “scientists” are going to get together and pretend they’re Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney? (“Hey, gang! I have an idea! Let’s put on a show!”)
“We can perhaps excuse Darwin, given his ignorance about the true complexity of living organisms and about genetics,” said Dr. Baumgardner, a geophysicist whose career was as research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M. “Today’s knowledge of molecular biology, however, has made Darwin’s imagined single-cell-organism-to-man evolution indefensible.”
Hey, what happened to “molecules-to-man”? Did we finally beat that fallacy out of them? “Single-cell-organism-to-man” doesn’t have the same ring, does it?
Seven Ph.D scientists will highlight Darwin’s mistakes from genetics, geology, molecular biology, paleontology and other science areas.
They then list their panel of “experts”. I scanned the names, and a couple jumped out at me. First is Steve Austin! No, not that Steve Austin. And no, not that other one either. It’s this Steve Austin, the young-Earth geologist! This guy is genuinely and truly cracked. Here’s what they say about him:
[G]eologist Steven A. Austin, Ph.D., has traveled to southern Argentina to document Darwin’s geological mistakes. “Let nobody confuse you — Darwin was a geologist, but he was wrong about geology,” said Dr. Austin, who just returned from leading a Geological Society of America field trip to Mount St. Helens, Wash., where volcanic eruptions in 1980 and 1982 formed in just hours what many geologists had thought took much longer to form. “Mount St. Helens proved these changes can occur in days – not millions or billions of years.”
As you see, he believes that Noah’s flood formed the major geologic features, such as the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, in just a few days. (Actually, he doesn’t think Hoover Dam is naturally formed. It’s clearly the work of an intelligent designer.)
The scary part about the above excerpt is the revelation that the Geological Society of America, which claims respectability, is letting a young-Earth creationist lead their field trips. WTF, man? Seriously, WTF?!
Here is what the Geological Society’s own position paper on the teaching of evolution says about the organization’s beliefs:
- Evolution and the directly related concept of deep time must be part of science curricula at all levels, including K–12, college, and post-graduate education. [emphasis added]
- Creationism, whether in its earlier form as creation “science” or its more recent guise of intelligent design, has no place in a science curriculum and should not be taught alongside evolution in any science classroom.
The Geological Society has some serious explaining to do.
You can read more about Steve Austin in the article I wrote about him last year. It’s one of my better articles (Yes, I do have a few good ones!), so do yourself a favor and learn more about this intellectual helium-weight.
Well just being able to see Steve Austin was making this creationism seminar awfully tempting (or just awful, depending on your perspective), but there’s more!
Who else is on the list? Why none other than:
Yes!! I’m there!! Vacation solved!