Science, Antiscience and Geology Blog
It is my hope to blog about the rise of anti-science in the USA (and elsewhere) from the perspective of a Geologist. The biggest political challenge to modern science is being promoted by advocates of intelligent design and young earth creationism. Both argue that evolution is a poor explanation of biological diversity and that a better explanation comes by allowing for supernatural events to occur during Earth history. Young earth creationism argues that supernatural intercession occurred during the creation of the universe and again during the global flood of Noah (all within the last 6000-10000 years). Intelligent design is a bit more nebulous on the timeline of supernatural intervention, but it also argues that an 'unamed' designer tampers with biological organisms from time to time. Neither young earth creationism nor intelligent design are true scientific viewpoints, but both have strong political lobbies who seek to insert their theocratic views into the scientific curriculum. This blog will touch on newsworthy discoveries and the political actions of the ID/creationism folk as well as random musings on other pseudoscientific ideas (homeopathy, crystal healing, tarot, extra-sensory perception etc).