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.