Zeng plays in a tide pool formed by lava from the volcano Haleakula. Maui was formed by seafloor volcanic eruptions 5 million years ago
Recently, I viewed a site on You tube recording the opinions of one Paul Broun. You don't know who is "Paul Broun"? Neither did I. Apparently he is a Member of the US Congress, representing the state of Georgia. He is a member of the House Science
Committee. He is also a Medical doctor.
He is standing for re election, unapposed. He recently spoke to a group at the "Sportsman's Banquet" at a Baptist Church in his home state. In his speach, he had these words:
word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,"
"You see, there are a lot of scientific
data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
are the views of a man born and raised in a country with more schools, colleges and universities than any other country in the world. He does not seem to be afraid of some science. He became an MD. He must apply his science knowledge to the treatment of his
He selectively denies, blocks, shuts out the accumulated knowledge of the past 150 years. He returns to Medieval times, or before. The great contibution of Charles Darwin is denied. The life works of thousands of dedicated scientists
in the fields of Astronomy, Paleantology and Geology are ignored. The discovery of the structure and function of DNA and the understanding of immortal genes, fossil genes and the mathematics of evolution, increasing exponentially, over the past 20 years, in
his view, nothing but a conspiracy to delude.
This science, locked out from the brain of Mr. Broun, is not one small theory, yet to be proven. This is a massive parcel of knowledge, one field linked to another, explaining our very existence.
The understanding of the origin of our planet and the multitudes of diverse organisms that have populated it, is possibly the greatest human achievement. Congressman Broun doesn't want to even go there. He won't open a National Geographic, go to a Natural
History Museum, watch Discovery Channel. For sure, he will never read "The Making of the Fittest" by Sean B. Carroll.
If Mr. Broun was one small voice, calling out absurdities, there might not be reason for concern. But he is not. Surveys indicate that
50% of Americans might be right on the same page. Thirty percent more might agree with him to a variable extent.
The congressman is a prominent member of the House Science Committee. Oh, my.
Heaven help the Americans.
"It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which
follows from the advance of science." [Darwin]
The "gradual illumination of men's minds" is obviously taking longer than Darwin predicted.