urbane sceptical romantic
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I may have been a little rude in dismissing Dr Carl, and it might have been fun to keep him dangling on the line for a while, since he's apparently quite an important figure in creationist circles. He has an entry in Wikipedia, something I'm never likely to have. He's the manager of Creationist Ministries International, which had its beginnings in Australia, maybe even here in dear old Adelaide. Certainly Dr Carl studied here at Adelaide University, becoming a real medical doctor. He has been promoting creationism [Wiki describes him as a young earth creationist] since at least 1976, when he formed the Creation Science Association here in South Australia. This organisation was apparently based on a US organisation, the Creation Research Society, first formed in 1963. If you want a laugh, check out the Wikipedia entry on this organisation and its internal ructions. These people call themselves scientists though, and what's worse, the Wikipedia people allow them to be so called. Having said that, I don't think Wikipedia's treatment is sympathetic. It simply states their beliefs. Nothing like deadpan humour.
Anyway, Dr Carl's Creation Science Association merged with a Queensland group to eventually become the notorious Answers in Genesis, until finally in 2005 long-standing differences with the US President of AiG, Ken Ham, caused a split. These guys apparently have big problems with each others' literal interpretations of the multi-authored first book of the Bible. Dr Carl is still involved in Answers in Genesis [Aust], and does lots of writing and speaking etc.
Of course, I've since read Dr Carl's last email to me, and I'm miffed that I didn't respond more fully, even though it's essentially a waste of time. Anyway I'll give myself the last word in my next post.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Well I was sitting here minding my own business, reading Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle when I came upon a strikingly sensational passage on the natives of Tierra del Fuego:
From the concurrent, but quite independent evidence of the boy taken by Mr Low, and of Jemmy Button, it is certainly true, that when pressed in winter by hunger, they kill and devour their old women before they kill their dogs: the boy, being asked by Mr Low why they did this, answered, "Doggies catch otters, old women no." This boy described the manner in which they are killed by being held over smoke and thus choked; he imitated their screams as a joke, and described the parts of their bodies which are considered best to eat. Horrid as such a death by the hands of their friends and relatives must be, the fears of the old women, when hunger begins to press, are more painful to think of; we are told that they then often run away into the mountains, but that they are pursued by the men and brought back to the slaughter-house at their own firesides!
I just had to check this out so I googled Darwin and the Fuegians, and came up with this essay, which as you can see starts off okay but gradually transforms itself into an anti-evolution diatribe and a bible-bashing harangue. Now it's probably best to ignore this kind of stuff, but on noting that the article could be commented on, I couldn't resist. This has resulted in an exchange which I reproduce here.
Here's my first comment: