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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Creationists Have Arrived

They are here.
















And so it begins (so it ends).


Would you like to know more?

-
Who Is Your Creator? (Website)
-
Tour of the Creation Museum

11 Comments:

Ben D said...

Is that in Singapore? I was kind of hoping that at least they would all just stick to the USA, and not come and inflict themselves on the rest of the world...

I must be stupid said...

Hi leng hiong,

die liao lah! they gonna take over the world!!!!! Scientists gonna be jobless :(

John - Evolutionary Middleman said...

oh, Darwin save us.

More importantly, did you feel the quake? Hopefully there was no damage. You must be, what? 500 miles from Jakarta? If so, that's like when we have a massive quake in San Francisco. We might barely feel it, but that's about all.

Lab Rat said...

At the local uni, there've been flyers advertising talks on intelligent design. One of the reviewed books featured on the Science Centre website is also the infamous one by Behe.

Creationists have always been here though - they've just gotten a lot more vocal lately...

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To Ben:

Yes, it is in Singapore. Prominently displayed at the St. Andrew's Cathedral (http://www.livingstreams.org.sg/sac/), a historic landmark in the city area.

To I Must Be Stupid:

But creation "scientists" will have plenty of jobs!

To John:

I didn't feel the earthquake personally, but some people in the city area and the east coast evacuated from their buildings.

To Lab Rat:

Yes, I am aware of their presence. I didn't know about Behe's book though.

They are becoming more organized. In addition religious groups have intensified their activities right here in the Biopolis.

I predict that they will grow bolder.

Lab Rat said...

Yeah, one of these days I'm going to take a camera to ResearchBooks Asia at Biopolis and blog about it.

It's pretty freaky to see all the weird alternative, biblical medicine books next to the genuine stuff.

In the middle of a biomedical research hub, no less! What gall.

PZ said...

The Gallup News Service reported the results of their survey in March 2001 as follows:

-45 percent of Americans agree with the statement “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so,”

37 percent preferred a blended belief that “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process,”

12 percent accepted the standard scientific theory that “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.”

In a forced choice between the “theory of creationism” and the “theory of evolution,” 57 percent choose creationism against only 33 percent for evolution (10 percent said they were “unsure”). Only 33 percent of Americans think that the theory of evolution is “well supported by evidence,” while slightly more (39 percent) believe that it is not well supported, and that it is “just one of many theories.”

One reason for these disturbing results can be seen in the additional finding that only 34 percent of Americans consider themselves to be “very informed” about evolution.

Clearly the 66 percent who do not, have not withheld their negative judgment on the theory’s veracity.

I hope Singaporean leaders are more informed about evolution and will do something about this insidious threat(instead of banning harmless pink picnics and bicycle events) and prevent this nonsense from spreading.

Unfortunately the virus of faith affects our best and brightest and alas I am not at all hopeful. We should all prepare for Armageddon so the religious wrong - yes the religious right is a complete misnomer - will be transported to heaven with rapturous delight.

That buffoon in the White House is a believer in ID and he holds the button to hasten along the Lord's second coming.

Be afraid of the Rapture. Be very afraid.

PZ

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To Lab Rat:

Looking forward to your blog post!

To PZ:

What an impassioned appeal!

Personally I am more unhappy that people who insist on denying evolution will nonetheless benefit from technological and medical advances that are based on evolutionary theory.

If they really reject so many aspects of modern science (as outlined in the Who Is Your Creator? website) then they should walk the talk and stop using all the technologies that are based on these discoveries.

PZ you write clearly and sharply. I encourage you to set up your own blog like I Must Be Stupid - I will definitely be your regular reader!

PZ said...

Lim Leng Hiong said..."I encourage you to set up your own blog"

But I have don't anything to say! :-)

Thanks for the encouragement and kind comments. Praise from Caesar is praise indeed!

PZ

Anonymous said...

If god created me in his own image, then god is a descendant of an ape like being!

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To Anon 4:47:

Haha... yes, the infinite regress!

Some people like to throw the word "monkey" around as if it's an insult.

Human beings are Apes - a simple statement of fact, nothing derisory about it.

As a retort I was considering: "Are They Making A Rib Out of You?"

But seriously, women were not created from ribs.

Take a long, hard look at Rose McGowan.

Or Katherine Heigl. Go ahead and google them.

Can rib give you a doi-oi-oi? Huh? Huh?

Didn't think so.