Friday, August 12, 2005

"Intelligent Design" jumps the shark...

A new series of planned "museums" will depict dinosaurs alongside PEOPLE.
(Click title to view video news report)

To "teach" kids that the Bible and the science books actually "agree" in part, a man is planning a series of "museums" to help "connect" the disparate "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design" crowds.

This is just frightening, and it highlights a current theme in Ufological debate as well.

Is belief the same as truth? Is belief the same as scientific theory? Should beliefs be held up with science for debate?

Frightening. I feel the creep of indoctrination, of barely feigned theocratic principles, and yes...a little fascism. I really don't think this guy's agenda can really be labeled any other way, if allowed to continue.

And our President endorses this...why not just tell kids to watch the Flintstones? Good solid science there, apparently. :)

[via Yahoo News]

Religion Vs Science must be one of the oldest arguments around. I do believe though science is winning. Im not religious personally, but certainly don't have anything against, anyone who is. Religion can be a great comfort, but it brings out the best and worst in people. I think as time goes on. Religion is becomming an outdated concept, which really needs to take a back seat. Teaching religion and scince agree, is a desperate attempt to be more modern in my opnion. It seems to me that to every new generation, religion seems to become less important.

I've always thought, its strange how you tell someone that you believe in UFOs, and some label you as "crazy", but religion is excepted with far less eveidence, and thats taken into account that, there is not a great deal of hard evidence UFOs are real.

Martin. (Admin:
Love the Flinstones family portrait. If you think about that cartoon series, you realize that it actually promulgates the disasterous and unreal notion that cavepeople and dinosaurs coexisted. No wonder many Americans think that God created the world 10,000 years ago (lastest Yahoo story re a poll on the subject). Seems like the Bible-belters can't even get their own story straight. Should be 6001 years ago, according to Biblical chronology.
No, I subtacted wrong. 2005 - (-4004) = 6009 years ago!
martin -

I pretty much agree with your assessment.

I enjoy the pictures and the stories, and even the history of this UFO thing, and have since I saw a copy of "Is something up there" in elementary school. I never returned the book. :(

But I am beginning to feel as if we're really just not supposed to find the answer. We've always been searching for something, and it is beginning to appear that the hunt may be the point.

In other words, the ultimate "truth" is that there's no ultimate truth.

This was the primary theme of "Altered States", and I am beginning to think that the film may have been prophetic...along with many other uber-existential films.

But I'd sure be okay with a saucer landing in a downtown somewhere, too. LOL

Thanks for writing!
w.m. bear -

Thanks...when I saw that story about the museum, I first thought "they're making a cartoon out of paleontology", and suddenly my mind played..."Flintstones, meet the Flintstones...". It was a no-brainer at that point. :)

I've seen a few pundits for the "young earth" myth, and some place it around 4000 years, some a little more.

Either way, it is a day-glo example of how religion has realized that faith is in short supply, and they now need to "validate" religion by "proving" that biblical fables and anecdotes are not only based on actual events, but literally true.

Where my religious beliefs reside, validation basically INVALIDATES religion, because what is God is a question to be answered after life. Faith is the only requirement to get there.

I think this effort to lend flawed humanistic science to an ethereal and spiritual construct like religion is "Buddy Christ" for the college-educated. :)

Thanks for writing!
Kyle -- You probably know this but the 4004 B.C. figure that's sometimes used for the Year of the Creation of the World can (interestingly) actually be calculated from the set of life spans given in Genesis -- all those "begats," etc. For example, typically a Biblical figure like Adam will be attributed a lifespan (his is in the 900+ years range -- I don't have the exact reference handy) PLUS how old a (usually male) character was when he "begat" a son or daughter (for whom similar information is then provided and on and on). So it turns out you can add all these up and actually obtain a very precise date for the creation of the Universe according to the Book of Genesis. I find this a fascinating exercise despite the fact that I have not for decades submitted my mind to an uncritical acceptance of this kind of dislogic, fascinating though it can be. I do believe in divinity but not the type that requires me to subscribe to a set of ridiculous and unreal dogmas. Best regards,

w.m. bear -

I am a fan of the Bible. I'm not particularly religious, but among the holy books, it is as fair a primer for a life lived in service as any. I also place a little importance on the Old Testament, since the three oldest religions are based thereon.

My trouble is in taking ANY of the book literally. If Adam lived over 900 years, my question isn't "How did he live so long?" but rather, "What did they mean by 'years'?".

From a divine standpoint, I would think that time is a completely useless concept.

Like "cents-off" coupons to a billionaire. :)

In terms of a religious text, I don't EXPECT it to be literally true. You wouldn't need faith if it was all factual and provable, now would you?

Thanks for writing!
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