Pick of the Day: Megamunch’s Birthday Party

A few years ago I did a cover feature on a four-day Creationist symposium or conclave or whatever you want to call it where a bunch of mostly American speakers argued in favour of Biblical Creationism and sought to disparage scientific explanations for the possible origin of life on Earth and the creation of the universe.

I attended two of the four evenings with a friend who had read extensively about the supposed “controversy” that exists between Biblical and scientific viewpoints. The only controversy that exists, of course, is in the minds of the looney Christian fringe that embraces a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis where God created the universe and everything in it, including us, in six days. By their reckoning, Earth is a little over 6000 years old — a figure that’s arrived at by adding up the ages of all the Biblical patriarchs from Adam on down.

Watching the speakers apply the broadest possible interpretation to Biblical texts to try to get within hailing distance of established scientific principles explaining various facets of our existence was hugely entertaining.

The gathering was held at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s auditorium. Given the Christian group’s anti-scientific bent and total disregard for anything remotely resembling rational thought, I was initially surprised that the RSM had agreed to rent the space to them. But realistically, the RSM is a publicly funded venue and should be open to as broad a spectrum of people as possible.

Of all the auditoriums in Regina, I’m not sure why organizers chose the RSM to hold their rally.  No, scratch that. I know full well why they did. To give their dubious enterprise a veneer of scientific credibility.

To their followers, they probably portrayed it as equivalent to Daniel entering the lions’ den. Except it wasn’t, really. The RSM is Megamunch’s house. And this afternoon from 1-4 p.m. the museum is celebrating the dinosaur’s 65,000,024 birthday with a mix of family-friendly activities.

Why 65,000,024? Because that’s roughly how long ago the dinosaur’s species roamed the Earth. If you’re interested, there’s a whole pile of Creationism Debunked videos on YouTube. Here’s the introduction to one series to give you a taste. Need extra motivation? two words: Golden Crocoduck!

Author: Gregory Beatty

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5 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: Megamunch’s Birthday Party”

  1. I expect that, if you’d given it a minute’s more thought, you would not have limited the difference between Biblical and scientific viewpoints to the time taken to create the universe. I’d add, e.g.:
    The reason for a rainbow, and that it never existed before the flood.
    Various issues with the creatures on the ark, e.g. the koalas had a long way to come to embark, and a long way to return, didn’t they?

    And everybody was on the ark for a year but the lifetime of mice is just a year, so they had to breed or we’d have no mice now. My rough calcs give me, if mice can start breeding at 2 months of age, and then have 12 per month, about 600,000 mice after a year.

    And what about the poor snake in the garden of Eden? He used to stand upright on his tail, but because Satan entered him and despicably used him by speaking through him to tempt Eve, the snake is the one that got punished by ever since being forced to crawl on his belly. That sounds scientifically likely, doesn’t it, not to mention gratuitously vengeful towards the innocent victim? Meanwhile, Satan is free to roam the Earth, wreaking havoc.

    We have the bush that never stopped burning, the parting of the Red Sea, the pot of oil or something that never ran out, how the earth is a circle, how Jonah was swallowed by a whale in one verse, but by a great fish in another, how Elijah (or was that Elisha) didn’t die, but was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot, the Tower of Babel and the reason for the diversity of language, etc., etc.

    I just meant to make a brief point, so I’ll stop there, but if I still owned a Bible and started looking through it, I expect I’d find some point of difference with science on every second page.

  2. Thanks for the comment Al. And great post Greg. watch the vid, people — it’s a good one. And kooky Kirk Cameron’s in it!

  3. On the flip side of things: The first fish that grew legs and walked out of the water, which then evolved and gave rise to the sport of hockey is equally CRAZY to me.

    There has got to be more at work than simple random mutations and chance.

  4. Yes, ever since the 18th century, most scientists believed in the extreme antiquity of the earth and by the late 19th century, most believed in natural selection to account for the present biological diversity and the fossil record.  No scientific discipline is debating evolution or questioning the geological timeline of the history of the earth; these debates have long been over.

    All of the creationist/biblical literalists objections have repeatedly been shown to be logical fallacies, misconstruals of current evidence or fabricated ‘evidence’.  (As I attended 2 days of the creation science conference Greg mentioned, I witnessed the fallacies and evidence butchering.

    The idea by Seanbot3000 that chance in evolution couldn’t produce a human shows that he doesn’t understand the process of natural selection.  In natural selection, random variations are produced but the favorable ones are retained and passed onto the next generation. Biological complexity can build up in this way. Imagine if you could keep up to 5 cards in poker and the other players could only play the hands dealt to them.  It wouldn’t take you long after several rounds to accumulate a royal flush (if that’s what you were selecting for).  In a similar way, adaptations are like royal flushes.

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