01 May 2004

This was a busy news day. I'll just put up the news now; I have some other comments for later.

  • Department of the Sublimely Ridiculous: "Darwin-Free Fun for Creationists" will probably really piss off the Inscrutable Design folks because it persistently (and correctly!) calls them "creationists." One of my favorite bits of nonsense is this one:

    At Dinosaur Adventure Land, visitors can make their own Grand Canyon replica with sand and read a sign deriding textbooks for teaching that the Colorado River formed the canyon over millions of years: "This is clearly not possible. The top of the Grand Canyon is 4,000 feet higher than where the river enters the canyon! Rivers do not flow up hill!"

    No, rivers don't flow uphill. Occam's Razor tells us that it's far more likely that water levels were both absolutely and relatively higher at points in the past. Note that accepting this statement requires one to assume that the Earth as it is now represents exactly what it looked like at the "creation"—when measurements that have been made in the last 100 years demonstrate that is impossible. Even without those measurements, one need only go to Greenland to see this stuff in action.

  • Maybe there's a glimmer of hope for artists, given that some people actually appear to understand the underlying issues.
  • Cynical about the publishing industry? Me? Never. Except, perhaps, when it lives down to my subterranean expectations. Can you say "self-fulfilling prophecy"? See? I knew you could.