In this article in my series where I call out “Creation Science” as the joke that it is, we’re finally going to address the real problem that plagues this futile and frustrating endeavor. The real problem can pretty much summarized in this very telling proclamation of Answers in Genesis on their website:
“By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.”
I’m confident many of you will be familiar with the statement but I don’t think all people and especially not Creationists are aware what it implies.
It’s a direct admission, that the people working at this Pseudo-scientific institution have in advance already rejected any and all evidence that could ever be presented to them, which could conflict with their beliefs. Even if we find the most conclusive and obvious and ridiculously well preserved transitional fossil we could imagine (and it is my view that we already found more than enough to vindicate evolution) it doesn’t matter to them. If we were to have a time machine, with which we could travel into the past and witness evolution for ourselves then chances are, they’ll just believe it was an illusion.
This approach to evidence and data is dishonest. They already have their conclusion and all they have to do is find a way to make the evidence support it or at least not refute it. With that they’re forced to employ dishonest tactics such as quote mining authorities, such as misrepresenting findings of other scientists and they have no problem whatsoever to make stuff up as they go along.
Creationism by any reasonable standard isn’t science it’s Pseudo-Science. The scientific method consists of making observations and doing experiments then you develop a Hypothesis and you try to disprove the Hypothesis with more experiments and you make risky predictions whose failure to be met, would lead you to either revise your Hypothesis or discard it altogether. A failure to disprove your Hypothesis with either experiments or unsuccesful predictions by yourself and your peers will eventually result in your Hypothesis becoming a theory and it will be included in the textbooks.
Both evolution as well as the Big Bang underwent that process. What’s the process within “Creation Science” ? Read your Bible and then see what your Hypothesis is: Be it that God created kinds of animals 6000 years ago or that there was a Global Flood about 4400 years ago. It is within these boundaries that your evidence must fall under. The evidence mustn’t contradict your Hypothesis. Try to find evidence that seems to support your Hypothesis and try to make other evidence compatible with it.
If your Hypothesis seems to fail at some point then you’re not above making shit up . No matter what implications your Hypothesis has for instance that you need to rely on 200-300 species being produced by 2 original animals in 4400 years albeit with no beneficial mutations whatsoever or sea creatures surviving during a Flood in which all the geological features we see today origniated. This would not only include the Grand Canyon but also Volcanoes. One can only imagine what life must’ve been like for these poor fish. Furthermore there would be a severe problem for the fresh/saltwater fish since they’d have trouble surviving. But I digress.
Here’s the bottom line: Creationism isn’t science because it works from the conclusion backwards. It is not afraid to twist data and use every excuse imaginable to somehow prevent the model from being falsified. It’s a total and utter reliance on the Bible (or other holy books) and the belief in it or practice of it, has nothing to do with the evidence. It’s all about accepting “God’s word” no matter what and they openly admit it.
That is in essence why I am against Creationism. It isn’t scientific and even if it somehow is true and the devil just buried all the fossils and faked the evidence, this mindset is a disgrace to our species!
Goodbye from yours truly,
Rene von Boenninghausen @Renevelation