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Creationist Cults

The notoriously bizarre Institute for Creation Research (sic) cult routinely publishes equally bizarre religious notions which they wish to pretend are some how scientific. This text file takes some of the cult's own bizarre publications and takes a look at them in extract to show just how nutty (verging on the insane) these "Modern Day Flat Earth Society" nuts actually are.

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One of the neat things I like about creationists is they never hesitate to try to proudly proclaim their ignorance as to what evolution is and what evolution is not. The poor sots haven't a clue, by all observations and this propaganda piece looks to be no exception.

Creationists cultists like to pretend that evolution has something to do with cosmology: the formation of the universe we see around us. And in fact it doesn't: evolution has nothing to say one way or another about the universe we find ourself in. All that evolution needs to work is an existing form of life and an influx of energy which will allow that life to grow and multiply and evolution will take place.

For some godless reason some creationists try to pretend that holes in cosmological theories some how means that the directly observed phenomena of evolution some how doesn't happen. In this propaganda piece we see "Bumps in the big bang." This should prove amusing.

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In April 1992, a team of scientists working on data from the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite made a dramatic announcement: They had found what proponents of the Big Bang theory of the cosmos called the "Holy Grail" -- the long-sought "bumps" in the cosmic microwave background radiation.

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Not quite but close enough, I supposed. Variations in the isotropic distribution of "primordial radiation," as it's called, had to be detected eventually because everything else about the so-called "Big Bang" theory fit. Scientists knew that small variations in the distribution of the background radiation would be detected once instrumentation could be built since such variations are predicted in the Big Bang. The fact that matter and energy has clumped together to form galaxies, stars, planets, et al. demands a lack of uniformity.

Once instrumentation was funded, created, and then launched into orbit, scientists basically placed a checkmark in the box along side of their list of predictions marking it down as confirmed.

The ICR cult continues:

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....newspapers and television commentators reported that the "final proof" for the Big Bang theory had been found, and that "we now know" how the universe began.

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And in fact it was merely just another confirmation among many others.

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Theistic evolutionists...

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And once again the ICR cult tries to pretend that evolution has something to do with deity constructs. I suspect that what the ICR cult is trying to do is label cultists who accept science as "Theistic evolutionists." And I suppose the cultists would then label their intellectual superiors who also accept science "atheistic evolutionists."

How bizarre. Amusing, yes, but bizarre.

The ICR cult now goes on to explain what they think background microwave radiation is, and gives a bit of information about Maxwell's discoveries into black body radiation. Everybody with any education already knows all that so we'll give it a quick skip. We'll also skip red shifting since everyone should already know what that is. I want to get to the doubtlessly bizarre creationist opinion.

Ah, here it is conviniently titled:

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Is there creationist explanation?

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Yes: "Gods dun it."

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It is not enough merely to criticize evolutionary theories.

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The cultist seems about ready to try to pretend that the Big Bang is some how an "evolutionary theory." The rube just got through explaining what the Big Bang was all about -- to his or her limits of understanding, any way -- and no where in any of the explanation offered to the cult's followers did we find anything having to do with speciation.

Let's see if we can get to "gods dun it" and set this propaganda piece aside. Amusingly the ICR cult claims that an "alternative creationist theory" to explain the variation in the otherwise isotrtopic nature of the cosmic background radiation has beemn developed and that:

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...I have made good progress, but the theory is not mathematically complete and has not been subjected yet to formal peer review. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to explain it here. I hope to present a fairly complete version of the theory at the Third International Conference on Creationism in Pittsburgh during the summer of 1994.

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<laughing> "Peer review." As if this were science. <smiirk> As if any scientific peer-reviewed journal would publish such crap. Here this nut has a a complete cosmology repeatedly confirmed through a variety of experiments and, instead of accepting what his own senses and his own reason is telling him, puts aside all reason and tries to come up with an explanation that some how fits into his or her occult superstition.

That's the level of science that the ICR cult wants to get taught in put public schools, folks. Nobel Prize material, this. <smile>


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Creationist propaganda is already self-debunking." -- Fredric L. Rice

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