Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to Deal With Creationist "Scientists" at Meetings.

Some geologists really believe the Earth is 6000 years old and that Noah's flood is literally true.

How to Deal With Creationist "Scientists" at Meetings.

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This incredible story appeared in Earth magazine. A few people with advanced degrees in science really believe the Earth is only 6000 years old. It shows, among other things, that there isn’t complete overlap between scientific thinkers and professional scientists. It’s a topic I plan to delve into in an upcoming column.

How should scientists react to creationists trying to gain credibility by infiltrating legitimate meetings? The author of the story in Earth, Steve Newton, works for the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit devoted to defending the teaching of evolution. According to his bio he has a master’s degree in geology. He thinks we should let the young-earth-creationist “geologists” have their say.

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Faye Flam - writer
In pursuit of her stories, writer Faye Flam has weathered storms in Greenland, gotten frost nip at the South Pole, and floated weightless aboard NASA’s zero-g plane. She has a degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and started her writing career with the Economist. She later took on the particle physics and cosmology beat at Science Magazine before coming to the Inquirer in 1995. Her previous science column, “Carnal Knowledge,” ran from 2005 to 2008. Her new column and blog, Planet of the Apes, explores the topic of evolution and runs here and in the Inquirer’s health section each Monday. Email Faye at fflam@phillynews.com. Reach Planet of the at fflam@phillynews.com.

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