Next on KQED: opinions on shape of earth differ

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A couple weeks ago I was on my way home and then this came on the radio and I about drove my car off the road. Here's BBC's summary:

In two editions of Heart and Soul, the BBC World Service explores the controversy in the United States between creation and evolution and investigates a spectrum of beliefs.

To gain insights into the minds of the personalities involved, the BBC gave microphones to two of the key players from very different viewpoints and asked them for their reactions through a series of encounters and interviews."

In this second programme we hear from Dr Henry Morris III. He is Executive vice President of the Institute for Creation Research, founded by his father. He believes a literal interpretation of the biblical book of Genesis, suggesting that the Earth, life and humans were created over six days less than 10,000 years ago.

Not to go all PZ Myers on you here, but this is nuts. As far as I can tell, Morris indeed believes that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, but, put simply, he's wrong. Yes, it's true that a bunch of other people agree with him, but they're wrong too. Yes, yes, it's of course possible that the entire universe was created with fake evidence of age, but there's no evidence for this whatsoever absent Morris's preexisting religious commitments. We might as well consider the possibility that the world sits on the back of an invisible turtle. So, while I don't dispute Morris's right to believe what he believes, it would be great if the media would stop acting like it's in any sense epistemically valid.


"But it's turtles all the way down!"


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