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oh, those wacky young-earthers

January 21, 2010

Of all folks, Vanity Fair visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky.  The resulting article is a highly entertaining commentary on the museum and what it’s trying to do.  A favorite bit:

What is truly awe-inspiring about the museum is the task it sets itself: to rationalize a story, written 3,000 years ago, without allowing for any metaphoric or symbolic wiggle room. There’s no poetic license. This is a no-parable zone. It starts with the definitive answer, and all the questions have to be made to fit under it. That’s tough. Science has it a whole lot easier: It can change things. It can expand and hypothesize and tinker. Scientists have all this cool equipment and stuff. They’ve got all these “lenses” and things. They can see shit that’s invisible. And they stayed on at school past 14. Science has given itself millions of years, eons, to play with, but the righteous have got to get the whole lot in, home and dry, in less than 6,000 years, using just a pitchfork and a loud voice. It’s like playing speed chess against a computer and a thousand people with Nobel Prizes.

Anyhow, worth a read if you enjoy reading about the shenanigans of literal creationists from time to time, and/or how crazy the creation museum itself is.  Found the link, as I do with nearly all of these sorts of things, from the enjoyable atheist ranter Pharyngula.

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