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A fan reports that the Creation Museum cites an old, pre-Hubble discrepancy about the age of the oldest stars (18 billion years old) and the age of the universe (15 billion years old) as evidence against science and for the Young Earth Creationism belief that the universe is just thousands of years old. Watch astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman debunk their claim, discussing why creationism shouldn't be considered real science, and also how we can sometimes end up with mistakes in scientific data that lead to blunders like "fast tachyons.
reply to post by greencmp
I don't think it is so much challenging creationism he was saying it simply isn't science. Creationists latched on to some outdated material and never bothered to update it once technological advances provided better data because in their minds it helped prove the creation story.
It is a dishonest tactic or maybe they think science is set in stone and can't be adapted like a bible.
It's fine that they have a museum but from what I understand they don't care in the least about scientific accuracy.
reply to post by Grimpachi
I really like tyson, he is a great speaker and an objective thinker. Also, he has the spark of inspiration that I find lacking in many of the public speakers in the sciences. He kind of reminds me of Richard Feynman though not as animated.
I am a little puzzled at why it would be necessary to challenge creationism, I hear this thrown around all the time. I suppose if you go to Liberty University you might find a professor who advocates being open to it but, even there, you are highly unlikely to find true believers, they are a very informed student body. Religion doesn't kill brain cells.
I guess it is just in support of common core, after all why force a uniform curriculum if there isn't an intellectual boogeyman to counter. I suppose it is similar to the police state's justifications.
The simple solution is to abolish public school, then no one will be forced to endure a state sponsored curriculum whatever it might be. Plus, we will begin to see a dramatic improvement in overall education standards.edit on 18-10-2013 by greencmp because: (no reason given)