Ken Ham’s at it again?

Unsurprisingly, I’m a big fan of PZ Myers’ blog Pharyngula. Scientific smackdown of religion is totally my thing. Also: octopus!

He writes fairly often about this guy named Ken Ham, which is how I initially came to learn of his existence. Ken Ham is a young earth creationist and evolution denier from Australia, who has been in the US to spread the word about the literal truth of Noah’s Ark. He’s even been trying to build a Noah’s Ark theme park for years.

Excuse me while I go laugh my ass off.

Anyway, his newest “facts” involve humans having walked the earth with dinosaurs. Apparently he has “proof”. A fossil. I want to see this fossil. I want this fossil sent to the microanalytical lab on campus for testing. Seriously, we’ve got all your age dating needs! We can probably even find a way to get the analysis done for free! You know, for science

No?

LOL

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7 thoughts on “Ken Ham’s at it again?

  1. Ken Ham is too much a self-promoter. No wonder Nye prefers to debate him instead of somebody like Kent Hovind, whom the IRS put in jail based on their vague rules, and whom never stiffed them of a penny. They just wanted him to be their tax collector.

    Of course that doesn’t matter to anti-creationists who cackle with glee at the misfortune of people that threaten the Thought Police mandates.

    Ken Ham’s answers to Nye were so lame. But Nye’s points were also lame. Ken Ham: “There is a book”. Nye: “The technology sky is falling!”. Puh-leease.

    The symbolic-language computing system embedded in DNA-RNA-epigenetics, ancient dinosaur carvings in Cambodian temples. Like the pics here:
    http://www.bible.ca/tracks/tracks-cambodia.htm

    Mathematicians told biologists in a joint conference as early as the 1970s that natural selection couldn’t work, the probabilities were in the range that mathematicians call “impossible” for abiogenesis.

    There are thousands of examples.

    And now come well-formed blood cells preserved in the stinking, still rotting killing fields of the dinosaur digs in Montana, there’s more in Alaska.

    • I’m going to take a stab in the dark here and guess that you’ve never studied statistics? See, here’s the thing – I have. To the point where it’s actually my job.

      What you apparently fail to understand is that there is a difference between “impossible” and “improbable”.

      Natural selection has been shown to occur within incredibly short timeframes. For example:
      Using e. coli as the base subject: http://myxo.css.msu.edu/ecoli/
      Using mice as the base subject: http://www.biology.ucr.edu/people/faculty/Garland/SwEA98SE.pdf

      The mathematical “impossibility” that you’re desperately clinging to doesn’t hold up when natural selection has been proven to occur within our lifetimes.

  2. These probability studies always neglect the fact that the observed regularities in the succession of chemical reactions greatly trim the decision tree. There are eight ways to arrange three items from a pool of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen, but every single time you end up with the H-O-H arrangement. Every time.

    • Because that’s one of the more stable configurations. But we are not actually talking such a simplistic case with evolution of course, are we? Many more items, many more configurations – many more of which will be stable.

      • When we say “stable” we mean that the pattern (genome) persists in the face of environmental factors (including other predatory patterns). So again, the decision tree is greatly trimmed, this time not by chemical forces but by the law of the jungle. That’s why we don’t see a crocoduck.

      • I admit I’m confused as to your point here, your comments are too vague. Are you arguing for or against natural selection/evolution? Because your comments seem to be an argument for…

        If a pattern (genome) is beneficial to the species and helps it reproduce, the pattern will perpetuate. Therefore: evolution.

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