Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ham Handed

Some of you may have heard about the new creationist museum that just opened to great fanfare in Kentucky, built by Ken Ham, a young Earth creationist and general anti-science nut. And while his targets tend to be evolutionists, geologists, and cosmologists, the belief that the earth is only 6000 years old completely contradicts what we know of prehistoric archaeology as well, and the displays of humans riding dinosaurs like ponies about sums up the value of the creationist viewpoint. ClioAudio has a good post about creationism, archaeology, and the argument from design.

1 comment:

H Lime said...

Good post. Reminds me of the deceptively innocuous-appearing horrors depicted in the movie "Bible Camp."

Amazingly, Hamm et all are simply pressing the fight. At answersingenesis.org, the unenlightened are stating: "Responding to protestors’ propaganda: The evidence of a recent creation is vast, and in order to correct those who would attack us, we accept the challenge."

There always is the 10% lunatic fringe, but the size of the current American fringe is arguably outsized in modern America. It has been long in development, and, I believe, it's part and parcel of America's becoming a primarily service-related economy--where learning is neither desired, nor required. How far we've come from the Enlightenment, and what to do.

The 1999 NSF Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering shows that 41% of all enginering students, and 39% of all math and computer science students are foreigners -- yes, non-United States citizens. 9 of the top 10 countries of origin for these students are Asian. Evidence also shows that foreign student enrollment is increasing. I have absolutely no bias against Asians -- but I am concerned that these foreign students don't add their intellectual capital to the United States brain trust, but simply return home to aggrandize, say, India's burgeoning economy and human assets.

Perhaps the only way to counteract the drain of sciences expertise and knowledge from the States is to set higher national science education standards at the bottom end--elementary, middle, and high schools. The current system is quite simply failing our students and ensuring an entirely new generation of dumb and "ugly Americans" for whom knowledge and learning are not values held in esteem.

H Lime
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