. . . unfortunately, sometimes it’s from creationists. Here’s a present that came from Paul Nelson in yesterday’s mail. Nelson was apparently inspired by my post about this movie (whose showing is causing a bit of a kerfuffle in Los Angeles) to send me my very own copy. I just can’t wait to see it!
Fig. 1. Madness on the hoof.
Nelson, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, is a young-earth creationist (YEC) and a fellow of the Discovery Institute. (Not surprisingly, the DI doesn’t mention his young-earther views in its biography, probably because they’re at odds with the views of the DI’s old-earther loons.) Nelson has written some stuff about the Cambrian explosion, and co-authored a book with two others, including Stephen Meyer, who as far as I know is an old-earther.
I’m baffled about how a YEC can even deal with the Cambrian explosion. Sure, they might think it was instantaneous (it was not), or that it couldn’t be explained by natural selection, or that God did it, but one thing they must confront is this: when did it occur? All the available evidence points to around 550 million years ago. Folks like Nelson think that it occurred no more than 10,000 years ago. To hold that view, they must categorically reject every bit of geological, chemical, and physical evidence that enables us to date fossils. This is a species of insanity I can’t fathom, even if it comes from a blind adherence to religious dogma.
Anyway, I will watch this movie and report back. Don’t expect a positive review.