Monday, January 31, 2011

More proof that Creationists are idiots.

Until recently the common agreement among scientists was that Dinosaurs had been completely wiped out between 65.5 and 66 million years ago.  However researchers from University of Alberta have recently dated a dinosaur fossil to be only 64.8 million years old.  Of course given the complexity of the dating process they may eventually find this initial dating to be erroneous.  However, further study may also bear out the date, effectively rewriting the paleontological history books.

This made me think of something that comes up very often in the creationists propaganda.  Very often creationists and intelligent design proponents claim that scientists are being intentionally duplicitous, or at the very least are so wrapped up in their own biases as to have no idea how to do science properly.

In the area of fossil examination they often claim that the dating methods used are wildly inaccurate and unreliable, that scientists rely only on circular dating methods, and merely walk lock step with each other pretending that what amounts to wild speculation is fact.  Answers in Genesis for instance believes the earth to be less than 10,000 years old and that radiometric dating is completely unable to produce consistent results without insisting on an old earth age bias at the start of the process.

The reason I bring this up, is that discoveries like this directly contradict the claims of creationists.  If the dating process is as false as creationists claim then discoveries like this, which fall outside the bounds of the dates scientists have previously found, should never exist.  Moreover, there is no conspiracy to keep these researchers findings from being published, or to hide these findings because they might embarrass the scientific community.  The scientists who made the discovery do not seem phased by the inaccuracies of their previous dates, but in fact, seem excited by this new revelation.

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