Saturday, 24 July 2010

Creationists win a prize

Coverage from the BHA and P Z Myers:

There is a zoo near Bristol called — you'll see there are already problems right from the name — Noah's Ark Zoo. It is unambguously proud of its status as a blatantly creationist institution.


After looking at the current explanations for origins and evolution; it is our view that the evidence available points to widespread evolution after an initial Creation by God. This is viewed as controversial by some and welcomed by others; but whether currently popular or not we believe the evidence supports a world-view somewhere between Darwinism and 6000BC Creationism and we encourage interested readers to look into the claims being made.


They are disavowing the strictly young earth creationist approach, so they reassure us that the world really is older than 6,000 years old. Ha ha, how silly — 6,000 years is far too short. Aren't those dogmatic creationists absurd?


So, you might wonder, how old do they think the earth is? And they cagily hem and haw and refuse to answer, although they do suggest that 4.5 billion years is just way too old, ha ha, goofy evolutionists. They do reference a creationist site that invents a new geology, and which argues, for instance, that the Cretaceous was a period that was actually 4,000 years long.


Real geologists, the ones who actually understand the science, say the Cretaceous was 80 million years long. So they're only off by about 4 orders of magnitude. I guess that means they think the earth is tens of millions of years old instead of a few billion, which makes them what? Adolescent Earth Creationists, instead of Young Earth Creationists? Maybe we can call them Tweenie Creationists. They're still wrong, though.


Anyway, this joke of a zoo that miseducates children (but apparently cheerfully and with colorful and interactive exhibits and stories!) has won an award from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. It's a peculiar gift — they're basically rewarding them for good, effective teaching of lies.


You can read about the award here. Apparently, one of the qualifications is supposed to be about providing 'accurate information'; shouldn't this zoo have been instantly disqualified on that basis alone?
. . . and from Grumpy Bob;

If an avowedly pro-creationist zoo can earn an LOtC award, one wonders what other awards have been made.  Vehicles for the propagation of falsehoods should not be awarded educational prizes. The very name Noah’s Ark Zoo should have raised alarm bells.

3 comments:

  1. It's interesting to note that the British Centre for Science Education has NOT won a prize from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. And no wonder - when the BCSE can't muster even a tiny number of *genuine* professional science educators amongst its ranks and when it promotes blatant bigotry as if it was science!

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  2. Hi Anon,

    None of this is true.

    Kind regards,

    Psi

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  3. Hi Anon,

    I have published three books, 120 scientific articles, and been funded by NASA, NSF, and the UK SERC among others.

    I am dismayed to learn from you that I am not genuine.

    Paul Braterman (google me)

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