Response to Bob Dyer of the Akron Beacon Journal. The article can be viewed here – http://ow.ly/yCuy1
The Akron Fossils & Science Center was designed as a resource for those curious about origins and those looking for a fun place to take the family or a group of students. The Science Center is aligned with the Academic Standards of the State of Ohio in all of its educational outreach, programs, and tours. No mention of the Bible, God, or creation is mentioned in the first two thirds of the tour. These first two sections are where the guests explore the fossilization process, apply probability and mathematics to protein synthesis, discover the immense complexity of DNA, view ancient artifacts, and hold real dinosaur and woolly mammoth bones. The last third discusses the creation model of origins. This section is omitted from public and charter school tours and has been since the facility opened.
Science, by definition, is a systematically organized body of knowledge about a certain subject obtained by observations, experiments, and logic. Akron Fossils & Science Center adheres to this definition of science in all of its programming, exhibits, and research and exists to educate visitors to the Center of the censorship of real science in the media and academia around the world. Stating something about an event or process in the past that one did not observe, has no eyewitness account, and cannot replicate in an experiment is not empirical science, which relies on observation and experiment. This is actually forensic science which uses multiple lines of supporting evidence, eyewitness testimony, and logic to determine the truth of a past event and exclude all other possible explanations. We will apply these differing methods to Dyer’s examples in his article.
Let us examine Dyer’s claim that “the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and the only dinosaur to interact with humans is Barney.” Dyer appeals to the uniformitarian paradigm in suggesting that the earth is billions of years old. This goes hand-in-hand with the only other “scientific” claim he made in the article which is “that radiometric dating is a proven method of determining geological age by comparing the amount of radioactive isotopes present when a rock was formed to the amount that remains. This process works because radioactive elements decay at a constant and measurable rate.” Radiometric dating is in no way a proven method for determining age. If it were, there would not be so many discrepancies in the ages that are found for a rock sample. An example comes from the Mount Saint Helens eruption in 1980. The lava hardened into rock and samples were taken twelve years after the eruption. The rock samples were dated at 340,000 – 2.8 million years. Obviously we can use observation to know that this date is wrong.
The mathematical equation used for radiometric dating requires that we assume the starting amounts of the parent and daughter elements, that we assume the parent element decayed at a constant rate into the daughter element, and that we assume that there has been no contamination of the sample over time. These have been shown to be false assumptions because we know that water can leach radioactive elements, especially uranium, into and out of a rock sample and that volcanic rocks can form with amounts of both parent and daughter isotopes, not just the parent . Again, we can use observational science to falsify the claim that radiometric dating is a proven method of determining when a rock formed. Furthermore, carbon-14 dating, a type of radiometric dating has falsified the millions and billions of years mantra on its own. Diamond, which is the hardest naturally occurring substance known to man, has been found to contain carbon-14. Carbon-14 has a half-life of 5,730 years as calculated in the lab. If diamonds have been around since the formation of earth as many secular geologists claim then there should be no measurable carbon-14 left in diamonds. Diamonds are not susceptible to contamination due to their extreme hardness. How did the carbon-14 get there if it is not the original carbon? Additionally, carbon-14, not to mention blood cells and collagen, has been found in dinosaur fossils. Again, there should be no carbon-14 if these items really are as old as uniformitarians claim.
Now let’s discuss dinosaurs. Dyer must not be aware that there are many artifacts around the world from ancient cultures that provide evidence that humans have interacted with, or at least have seen, dinosaurs before their fossils began to be described and dug up in the 1700s. (As an aside, the word “dinosaur” was invented in 1841 by Richard Owen, so these ancient cultures of course would not be using the same word to describe these animals.) One example of a dinosaur artifact is the brass engraving in Carlisle Cathedral on the tomb of Bishop Richard Bell who died in 1496. The brass engraving depicts creatures that have a distinct resemblance to sauropod dinosaurs. Another example is the Stegosaurus carving on the Temple of Ta Prohm in Cambodia which is 800 years old. Further archaeological evidence of human and dinosaur interaction can be found in South America in Peru on the Ica Burial Stones. These stones also depict advanced medical procedures that were “invented” within the last 150 years. Other examples include the petroglyphs of dinosaurs in ancient Native American art, dinosaur figurines in ancient Chinese art, and paintings and tapestries depicting dinosaurs in antiquated French and English art. How did these ancient people know of dinosaurs, what their skin looked like, their behavior and more if dinosaurs and people are separated by millions of years? Also, when one compares the descriptions of dragons in historical texts in a particular region of the world, and the fossils of dinosaurs from that same region, the descriptions match the fossils. Remember, too, the soft tissue and mummified skin of dinosaurs that should not be found if these items are indeed millions of years old. Did these ancient people use computer software to figure out how all the bones fit, what the skin color looked like, and the stance and behavior of these creatures in order to use them in art? Or is a better explanation of this data that humans saw living dinosaurs and used the term “dragon” to describe them? We cannot perform experiments to determine what these people saw, nor can we observe them. We can, however, use their written records, their art, and our logic to come to the truth by using forensic science.
There are thousands of scientists and thousands upon thousands of books, articles, and other media that discredit the uniformitarianism ideas in science. Hundreds of PhD scientists have taken a stand against the evolutionary paradigm and the list can be seen at www.dissentfromdarwin.org. The scientific fields of study that we have were delineated and developed by people who expected order, design, and purpose in nature. That is from where “physics, chemistry, and every other scientific discipline” comes. Perhaps one should examine all of the evidence and explanations and use the best possible conclusion instead of censoring and attacking the opinions and reasoning of others.