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Creation Museum

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Imagine that you’re visiting a museum for the first time on a bright sunny afternoon, perhaps with your family or kids. You say to yourself “Hey, this is going to be a great experience. It’ll be wonderful to look at fossils, learn about the history of the earth, the time scale involved and about evolution”.

But then, when you enter the museum, you notice something peculiar. A T-rex grazing in a meadow with human children playing around it? Museum guides calmly explaining that the Earth is 6000 years old? A Triceratops wearing a saddle? What’s going on?

Well, It sure ain’t Kansas anymore. Belive it or not, these are scenes from the recently opened, 27 million dollar, Creation Museum in Kentucky.

The Creation Museum proudly claims to present a “walk through history”, and bring the pages of the Bible to life. In fact, the co-founder of the museum claims that “It’s a great place for children who are in public school and haven’t really decided what to believe yet”. Really? Take a look at a photographic tour of the exhibits for yourself.

What’s more astonishing is that museum opened to a full crowd, with more than 4000 visitors in the first day. A related survey conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, showed that 48% of Americans polled believed that “God created humans pretty much in the present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so” 1.

The first time I read this, all I could think was

HUH?? IS THIS FOR REAL?

Passing of lies to young children as science is beyond shameful, it’s criminal.

Although I’m sorely tempted to rant further about this atrocity, I’ll simply end with the Wizard’s First Rule

People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so all are easier to fool.

Notes

[1]NEWSWEEK Poll,March 31, 2007: Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

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Written by parseval

June 2, 2007 at 10:06 am

Posted in pseudoscience, religion

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  1. […] Here’s a follow up to the museum of horrors. Last week, a bunch of scientists1 visited the creation museum and explored the place while trying to figure out just how bad it actually was. You can take a look […]


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