the creation museum and the assault on science

Over the past few years, we’ve talked quite a bit here about Biblical literalist Ken Ham, his belief that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, his teachings about men and women having once coexisted with dinosaurs, and the “science” museum he was building outside of Cincinnati. Well, according to the “New York Times,” the $27 million Creation Museum is slated to finally open to the public this weekend. Here’s a clip:

…But step a little farther into the entrance hall, and you come upon a pastoral scene undreamt of by any natural history museum. Two prehistoric children play near a burbling waterfall, thoroughly at home in the natural world. Dinosaurs cavort nearby, their animatronic mechanisms turning them into alluring companions, their gaping mouths seeming not threatening, but almost welcoming, as an Apatosaurus munches on leaves a few yards away…

I’d be there the minute their doors opened, if not for the fact that it’s not something I want to support with my money. The condition of American scientific understanding is poor enough already. (Adult tickets to the Creation Museum are $19.95.)

[For those interested, there’s an online petition against the museum which, in the words of the document, “represents an assault on our children’s basic understanding of fundamental scientific principles.”]

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  1. Cleo Love Paste
    Posted May 25, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    When it eventually goes out of business, after some kind of gay sex and meth scandal, we should raise the money to keep it open, not as a museum of creationism, but as a reminder of just how close we got to the brink.

  2. egpenet
    Posted May 25, 2007 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    In the display you pictured here, looks to me like Fred was having a great time with Deeno. Hmmm.

    Some guy on NPR was saying that the split betweeeen apes and humans occurred when apes became carnivorous. Large apes have been eating small apes and monkeys for a long long time … and still do … yet no Ape U. has been founded in anyone’s memory … and according to Desmond Morris … they’re still naked.

  3. schutzman
    Posted May 26, 2007 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    much more importantly, Why in the world does this sculpture of fred flintstone appear to include a dreidel?

  4. egpenet
    Posted May 26, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Adam and Eve were Jewish … and when the kids came along, Adam invented the dreidel to teach the holiday songs that Eve wrote and recorded for the CBS records … Garden of Paradise label.

  5. Ol' E Cross
    Posted May 28, 2007 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I actually heard Ken Ham “debate” a faculty member at my alma mater. A few months later, I heard Stephen J-Gould deliver his stump speach at aforementioned U. I remember thinking that they delivered the exact same speech with different words.

  6. mark
    Posted May 28, 2007 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I was about 15 miles from the place this morning. I wanted to go and interview the people in line. I love my wife and daughter too much to put them through that though.

  7. Posted July 1, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Best headline I’ve seen in a while…

    Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum

  8. dragon
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Yahoo Answers:

    Resolved Question »
    Is there evidence for a triceratops saddle, or is the Creation museum just utilizing artistic license?

  9. Greedo
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    egpenet, wrote, “Some guy on NPR was saying that the split betweeeen apes and humans occurred when apes became carnivorous.”
    I had some neighbors who ate lots of monkey meat. Their features and behavior otherwise were not especially apelike.
    Oh wait. The neighbors also ate a lot of domesticated cat meat. Now I understand.

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