Unanticipated consequences of young earth creationism.
By Al Stiegman
23 Feb 2013
As a scientist by training and profession I have become increasingly appalled by the "flight from reason" that our country has taken, where, thanks to the internet, conspiracy theories of no validity seemingly compete on equal footing with well established scientific facts. There are myriad of these, motivated by politics, religion and, in some cases, apparently, poor critical reasoning skills. Among the fictional alternate realities are the "young-earth creationists" of Evangelical Christians. People who assert, based on Old Testament creation myths that the earth is 5,000 years old, that Noah and the great flood actually happened and that Dinosaurs and humans coexisted, apparently harmoniously, in the Garden of Eden. This would be little more than a bizarre cult belief except that in many states now there is an effort to teach that to our children. When our education moves from learning facts to learning myths we will then fail to compete in the world, both the world of ideas and the world economy. The fact is, and it is a fact, the earth is around 4.6 billion years old and dinosaurs were gone from the earth about 65 million years before humans appeared. This brief satirical essay is pokes fun at the notion of human /dinosaur co-existence and asks the question what would have happen in some famous biblical stories had large reptilian predators been running around loose. My intent is not to insult religious belief, plenty of rational religious people can accept scientific facts and are not troubled by the actual age of the earth and the fact that Darwin was correct and species do evolve. What I am poking fun at is irrational though that takes literally a 2000 years old book of stories that Bronze Age man used to explain the world. It was fine in its time, but we know so much more now.