Ars Technica has a story about their trip to the Creation Museum, which was opened just recently in Petersburg, Kentucky. It argues that humans and dinosaurs lived together and that the Grand Canyon was carved as a result of Noah’s flood. This would be sort of wacky and humorous if the museum wasn’t slickly produced and apparently drawing solid crowds. It’s one thing to believe that intelligent design furthers evolution, but it is something else entirely to disregard science. If we outright ignore facts, pretty much anything can be presented as true and that is just scary. Check out this snippet from the National Center for Science Education:
To assess public opinion on creationism, Gallup asked:
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?
1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process,
2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process,
3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so?
Polled in November 2004, 38% of respondents chose (1), 13% chose (2), 45% chose (3), and 4% offered a different or no opinion. These results are also similar to those from previous Gallup polls, which extend back to 1982.