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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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Speaking of gravitational theories, here we have an ICR cult propaganda piece that presumes to instruct its followers as to what gravity is. It promises to be amusing, at the very least. It's also ironic in that gravity and evolution are both directly observed phenomena. Both gravity and evolution have a number of closely-related theories which attempt to describe how the phenomena work.

Creationists point at the various _theories_ of evolution which attempt to explain the observed phenomena and they glibly demand that evolution doesn't happen because there's theories which atempt to describe it. Yes, it makes no sense but I've often heard nuts demand that evolution is "only a theory" ignoring the fact that theories describe an observed phenomena.

How we have the ICR cult looking at gravity. This should be amusing:

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Gravity holds us firmly on the ground...

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<laughing> Well, most of us. Creationists are an apparent exception.

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This mysterious gravity force continues to puzzle scientists even as it gives stability to the universe.

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This is something that I encounter routinely in my work. I see a lot of people express their ignorance about a subject and then, because they don't understand it, presume to demand that nobody understands it. The feeling seems to be that they feel they should be smart enough or educated enough to understand something yet, since they don't, nobody understands it.

The nut could go to his or her local library and check out some wonderful txt books which cover contemporary particle physics which should end his puzzlement. Certainly no vaguely defined "scientists" who know about libraries remain "puzzled" by gravity.

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How is gravity able to act across empty space...

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Space isn't empty, dear. Look up "deSitter space" and "Hilbert" space. This nut's ignorance is profound yet there's also an unmitigated audacity shortly to come when we learn:

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Science has never been very successful in explaining such "natural" laws.

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My guess is this nut is still living in the 13'th century. Science has been profoundly successful as describing all natural laws and phenomena -- can you, dear reader, think of a phenomena which hasn't been explained by the understanding of quantum particle physics in terms of forces, probability waves, and particle interactions?

I wonder if the nut is going to demand that gravity is caused by his gods. Let's see...

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Gravity, as well as every other intricate physical law and constant, is actually an absolute testimony to creation.

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Good grief. We're reading text written by someone living in the 13'th century, folks. "Gods dun it" seems to be the answer to every question creationists have. This is what they demand we teach in the public schools, too.

Let's see... We get a history lesson of Galileo, Cavendish, Newton, and a conspiracy rant that these people's comments about their deity constructs not appearing in text books is some how sinister... "half the story" as if people's occultism should be included in with their scientific work. Amusing. Freakish, true, but amusing.

It gets better. Watch as the ICR cult expains what they would teach to students in the public schools:

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1) Gravity does not change with time.

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Gravity most definately changes with time simply because gravity is caused by elementary quantum particles -- gluons -- which are exchanged between hadrons at long distances in effects which are always accumulative, never subtractive. Gravitational fields are formed by the exchange of quantum particles between all bodies in the universe though at strengths which diminish a squares of the distances involved.

As hadrons decay over time (protons decay at extremely low rates) the rate of gluons exchanged changes over time. The force which manifests as the result of this particle exchange thus changes over time.

The nut doubtlessly makes this assertion because the decline in the gravitational constant is so profoundly small across billions of years so as to be utterly meaningless to human endeavor as to be ignorable. But gravity does change over time.

If the universe is open and continues to expand as it's currently doing, eventually all of the matter in the universe will decay back into the probability waves from which the universe sprang from. As that expansion occures, hadrons decay, gravitons and gravitrinos become less populace, gravity in the universe will be on the decline.

If the universe is closed and the expansion phase reverses and the whole enchilada comes crashing back on to itself into a big crunch, the gravitational constant will also diminish over time as hadrons evaporate back into the probability waves from which they came.

I seriously doubt whether the uncountable eons of time between now and either of these final event occur creationists will ever learn anything about reality. Not if this character is any example of what to expect in the future.

What's interesting is that the nut got the remaining 5 points about gravity correct. Now we get to watch as the nut tries to string gravity to his occult superstition in the text segment appearing under the amusing title, "Gravity and Scripture." >laugh>

Remember that we're here to discover what gravity is, don't forget. I have a sneaking suspicion that we might not actually get there. Let's go see...

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Two Bible verses especially help us understand the nature of gravity.

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<heh> We got off to a bad start.

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First, Colossians 1:17 explains that Christ is before all things, and by Him all things consist. The Greek verb for "consist" (sunistano) means to cohere, preserve, or hold together.

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Good frocking grief. Gravity "holds things together" and the classical Christanic mythologies has a god also "hold things together" and thus the Christian deity must cause gravity? Is that what this ICR nut is trying to tell his or her followers?! Seriously?

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The word is used in Colossians in the perfect tense, which describes a present continuing state arising from past action. This perfect tense also implies permanence of the act of holding the universe together.

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Woops! we just leaped forward a step. Where did the universe get mentioned? Weren't we talking about one of the Christian gods? How did that universe get in here?

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One mechanism used is obviously gravity, established by the Creator and still maintained without flaw today.

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Leaping over quite a few steps we some how ended up equating one of the Christian gods to gravity. How did we get here? Some ICR nut found a word he things means "holds things together," attributes it to the Christian deity construct, assumes that it's some how talking about gravity, and there we are?

Yes, this belongs in public school classrooms. Yep. And if that stupidity and abject nuttyness wasn't enough, catch this:

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If the Lord turned His back on the universe for one moment, instant chaos would result.

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Maybe that's how the 1988 Dodgers made it to the World Series.

Can you imagine this crap being taught in the public schools as if it were science? Jonny already can't think in school because the punk behind him is packing a gun (thanks to the NRA and Republicans in general) and Sally is unable to think in school because she's worried about how she'll afford the abortion. Along comes the creationist cult to inform Jonny and Sally that the scientific fact of the matter is that the universe will disappear if the ICR cult's god "turns his back on the universe."

"Lime Jello" springs instantly to mind. As in "turning children's brains to lime Jello." What's horrible is that this is apparently what the ICR cult is programming into the little heads of their own children in their churches. Now the cult want to inflict this idiotic nonsense upon children out in the real world who already have a hard enough time getting an education as it is.

We haven't gotten to a scientific explanation of gravity yet but we still have some propaganda remaining. Always hopefull we'll go forward to the section of propaganda titled, "Gravity and Modern Science" and see if we get around to a scientific answer.

Let's see. We have the four "forces" of natural, the electromagnetic force, strong nuclear, weak nuclear, and gravity. Okay, we're okay so far as that goes. The anticipation, though, is building... Ah, amazingly we get to something that's actually correct:

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The hypothesized particles called gravitons, with no mass or charge, are thought to stream back and forth continually between the earth and moon, resulting in the observed gravity force.

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That's marginally correct so far as it goes and it's a wonder that the ICR cult got that far. But don't hand out any congradulations just yet because the propaganda piece isn't done quite yet. There is still more time to shove in the other foot:

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Neither gravity waves nor graviton particles have been observed yet. One wonders if scientists will ever discover the actual method by which the Lord maintains the gravity system. Perhaps, similar to the creation process itself, such details lie forever beyond our probing.

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<laughing> You were expecting science, maybe? <heh> Yes, this cult's deity construct maintains gravity, science has yet to confirm previous incidents of possible detected gravitons and gravitrinos, so the nut is holding out hopes that some day his religious notions will be vindicated by science.

And maybe there's room for a third foot since there's a "Conclusion" section to this propaganda piece:

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Ultimate truth about the universe must also deal with God's initial provision and His continuing care for us. The Creator is clearly an intimate part of every physical detail, including gravity.

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Yes, we don't want his gods to turn their backs on us else we will -- scientifically proven! -- quark off out of existance and chaos. Such academic insight is deserving of a Nobel or two, don't you think?


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