14 April 2007

The wacky world of creationism

Roy Zimmerman sets "creation science" to music in this video from the Skeptics Society conference. Found via Zaius Nation. Zimmerman's site is here.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the Creation Museum is opening. This link was sent to me by Mendip, who commented, "I don't know whether to laugh or cry." Actually the only sane response is to do both, particularly at gems like this:

Some creationists believe that dinosaurs could have been alive as recently as a few centuries ago, and that European dragon legends were likely a result of dinosaurs living among the populace.

Dinosaurs living among the populace? Cool! But surely if there had been dinosaurs roaming the European landscape in the days of Charlemagne and William the Conqueror -- and presumably also during the earlier, more literate Roman period -- we would see a lot more references to them in the writings of those times than just "dragon legends".

For that matter, if the heyday of the dinosaurs began in the Garden of Eden and lasted until the Flood of Noah, with "humans happily coexisting alongside dinosaurs" during that period, it's rather odd that the Bible never mentions them. The Old Testament does, after all, quite frequently refer to the various animals with which its human protagonists shared their environment. One would think that great herds of RV-sized sauropods munching contentedly away at the available vegetation (and presumably competing for it with the humans' domesticated animals) would have been rather noticeable, and that the larger predatory dinosaurs would have been terrifyingly dangerous to humans with primitive technology. But no, the whole Jurassic Park menagerie was apparently deemed unworthy of mention by the author(s) of Genesis.

The most important difference between Zimmerman's song and the Creation Museum is that only one of them is intentionally funny.

Speaking of huge, dangerous monsters, here's a Cthulhu picture collection I found via Mendip's site. Say what you will about Cthulhu Mythos fans, at least they know fantasy is fantasy.

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Blogger breakerslion said...

I think Lewis Black said it best. "I can't respect anyone who watches The Flintstones and thinks it's a documentary."

14 April, 2007 17:43  
Blogger Ross said...

I was a bible thumper for years when I was younger (pre-college years, before I learned to, you know, think), and can recall sitting through 'bible study' sessions, watching videos about how the world is 6,000 years old and such. It's insane, it really is, but what's worse is how these fundamentalists are sucked in by it and believe it, sight unseen. After all, reason is the biggest enemy of religion.

14 April, 2007 20:04  
Blogger tina FCD said...

I love the pictures.

31 May, 2007 07:36  

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