29 May 2007

Robo-Adam and Eve-Machine

The Underground Press at Eastern Kentucky University has a photo-tour of a new Creation Science Museum that's opening in their neighborhood. As previously reported by the New York Times, the museum is $27 million worth of flashy animatronics, special-effects heavy video displays, and pseudoscience all aimed at "proving" that the Earth and all its inhabitants were created ex nihilo in six days' time about six thousand years ago. The Underground Press's side-by-side comparisons of the museum's accounts of "human reason" (science) versus "God's Word" (Christian fundamentalism) is highly informative.

Now, I'm not going to tell anyone that they don't have the right to believe what they want to, and even teach it to their children - but I do think it's wrong to wrap yourself so deeply in your worldview that you can't even hear the alternatives. As with most of anti-evolution propaganda, this museum isn't going to convert anyone. It's a sermon aimed at the choir, the intellectual equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and singing "I am the very model of a modern Major General" at the top of your lungs when you're losing an argument. It's sad.

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