When I recently had my stomach pains and had to visit the doctor, after a short time reading the test results and a quick examination he opined what he thought was the most likely problem and admitted me to the hospital for further tests to confirm his diagnosis.
What he did not do what give me options. 'Well Mr. DanPloy, do you think it might be a) Diverticulosis or b) cancer of the colon or c) food poisoning or perhaps d) you are crackpot hypochondriac. You choose and we will treat you accordingly'. The reason he did not take this course of action is he was an expert in his field and I was not so it seemed logical to both us that we follow his advice for the best outcome.
One of the many irritations I had when employed was the constant questioning of my advice and opinion by marketing and management half-wits who picked up some nonsense from the Internet and used meetings to present their ignorance to all. Given that most meetings were attended by similarly endowed imbeciles you could easily find yourself being overruled, your decades of education and experience discarded, and you being sent off to design something that contravened Newton's laws of motion.
Why then would the National Trust choose to allow visitors to the Giant's Causeway to, in their words; 'We would encourage people to come along, view the interpretation and judge for themselves'. The judgment visitors are being asked to make is whether the monoliths were placed there just 6000 years ago, the Creationist stance. Now there are myths about how the Causeway was created and they are not true, but this presentation appears to show the Creationist viewpoint as a viable alternative to all current scientific theory.
Now, unless the visitors to this site are a remarkable subset of the general population, should the visitor be expected to 'make a judgment' which may lie contrary to decades of work by eminent scientists. Clearly that is ridiculous. By all means give some of the myths about Oonagh or Finn McCool - they are clearly no more than ancient stories - but presenting the Creationism viewpoint as they do seems to give it a credibility that Finn McCool is not given, although it probably less preposterous.
"This debate continues today for some people, who have an understanding of the formation of the earth which is different from that of current mainstream science. "Young Earth Creationists believe that the earth was created some 6,000 years ago. This is based on a specific interpretation of the Bible and in particular the account of creation in the book of Genesis. "Some people around the world, and specifically here in Northern Ireland, share this perspective. "Young Earth Creationists continue to debate questions about the age of the earth. As we have seen from the past, and understand today, perhaps the Giant's Causeway will continue to prompt awe and wonder, and arouse debate and challenging questions for as long as visitors come to see it."
What debate! What challenging questions! The formation of these structures is understood and there is no further debate required. Whilst the National Trust states it concurs with the scientific explanation it has obviously given into pressure groups that are delighted to see the incorrect view of the universe reported as fact to a largely ignorant populace. Surely the scientific explanation is amazing enough.
So can we now expect the Stonehenge visitor centre to give credence to the fact the the TeleTubbies created it. Creationism is dangerous and no credibility should ever be given to it. The great unwashed are largely ignorant of science and these visitor centres are one of the few opportunities the scientific community has to present facts and yet still instill awe in the public. How is it that the public seem to accept that scientists can predict the Higg's bosun through a maze of unfathomable quantum mechanics yet are prepared throw out all that is known about evolution because a few crackpots are allowed some poster space, presumably because of some suitable donation to the National Trust purse. Young Earth Creationists are cretins of the highest order. They have no valid view and credibility given to them by the National Trust is demeaning to scientists the world over. Impressionable morons visiting the Causeway could now leave with a doubt seeded in what little mind they have. If they hear something else that reinforces that belief they may well adopt it as the 'truth'. That is the only explanation for large proportion of the population in the US that believe this tripe.
These people should be grouped together with the alien abductions, the Roswell landers, the moon hoax idiots and the climate change deniers. However if we were to do so we will find that over 50% of the world's population are in the loopy-loo club. No wonder then that democracy fails when these people are allowed to vote in elections.
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