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A new exhibit at Giant's Causeway reflects "views outside mainstream science".
What you say is a relief. The article gives the impression that the creationist explanation is given equal weight to the accepted scientific one.
Here in TN, they have taken steps though new legislation to allow creationism back into the classroom. This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/pulpit-in-classroom-biblical-... with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.
A fuller and more fact based (we actually read what was included) treatment here;
In note that Nelson McCausland, Minister for Social Development in Northern Ireland, is a member of the Caleb Group on Facebook... http://www.facebook.com/groups/120251888003861/
a party colleague of Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Development, which provided £9.25m in funding to the visitor centre. Now, I'm not normally one for conspiracy theories, but...
So cross I posted it three times it seems, d'oh.
What a cheap piece of writing - stringing together a few quotes from twitter and some blogs and rehashing it.
Have you seen the Giant's Causeway exhibition? Do you have any real idea of how and why the creationist ideas are in there? I'm dead against any teaching / promotion of creationism that presents it as anything even close to on par with science. Science doz rule ok. But this thing on Giant's Causeway is all a big storm when no-one seems to be able to actually show what is actually there.
The religious views on the creation of the world does play a huge role in human history and thought. It is entirely proper for a scientific display to include that view if it shows it in the light of current knowledge. It seems some won't be happy until we have fully purged the world of all mention of such views.
Some of us are clever enough to make up our own minds and yet interested enough to see the history of human thought. We don't need the pathetic allusions to aliens and stone henge.
I disagree, there is no reason that creationsit views should figure at all.
Some of us may be "clever enough to decide for ourselves" but that response totally fails to register the real damage done by the promotion of these views by fundamentalists.
This is not an isolate example, it is part of a pernicious campaign on many fronts that undermines the understanding of basic scientific concepts, "theory" being a prime example.
Materials sent to schools all over the country to promote creationsim don't just put a religiious view they actively promote a misunderstanding of science.
Having this material inserting in the national trust display has to be seen as one example of an overall strategy that needs to be resisted.
It is well known that there is a poor public understanding of science and a creeping campaign by fundamentalists to expose children to their propaganda undermines that understanding further,
They are welcome to their views but public bodies should not provide a vehicle for their propagation.
So, have you seen it? What is "actually there"? Your piece is pretty unclear to me.
The religious views on the creation of the world does play a huge role in human history and thought. It is entirely proper for a scientific display to include that view if it shows it in the light of current knowledge.
For the best part of our existence we thought the world was flat and there was a danger in falling off the edge, no doubt this view should also be reflected alongside the idea that God strew fossilised dinosaur bones about to amuse and intrigue His children.
The question has been asked: "Do you have any real idea of how and why the creationist ideas are in there?"
"We would encourage people to come along, view the interpretation and judge for themselves." is the only relevant line of the national trust statement.
look at all the free publicity
I for one , didn't know that they have a shiny new visitor centre till I clicked on the article (because the headline actually sounded made up, it was that bizarre).
We heard you the first time.