Answers in Genesis, Evil Propagandists

Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Featured, Thoughts | 4 comments

Just came across this video from 2010 of, among other things, expat Australian Creationist Propagandist Ken Ham on his travelling tour of schools “teaching” them the “truths” of the bible according to the Answers In Genesis group. Watch the video, and see my comments after the jump.

He asks the kids “Who here has heard of evolution? Oh boy, I think just about everyone puts their hands up. Put your hand up if you’ve heard that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. Dear oh dear, hands down. Put your hand up if you’ve heard that people came from ape-like creatures or something like that. You know I think just about everybody in the world has heard those things.”

If he had stopped here and shoved his head up his own ass, his words would not be too far from the truth (some would argue that his head IS up his own ass, but I digress).

Have any of you experienced this kind of propaganda first hand? Can you shed any light on to why people believe this stuff? How can we possibly counter this level of ignorance and bias against the facts of evolution?

I shake my head in disbelief that people actually swallow this tripe.

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  1. >>Can you shed any light on to why people believe this stuff?
     
    Psychology. The homo sapien brain forms beliefs. It makes stuff up itself. Or it absorbs them.
     
    Language means we can articulate them. Share them. And defend them. We do better or worse depending on our subconscious. Our personality. Thinking style. Motivation (righteousness, identity, self-interest). And education (facts, rationalisation skills).
     
    >>How can we possibly counter this level of ignorance and bias against the facts of evolution?
     
    Ask the sciences. We no longer expect facts to speak for themselves. This is the “Science Communication Problem”.
     
    So what works? I can guess: Teaching kids before their brain makes up it’s own mind. Before they’re exposed to another believable explanation. One which universities now consider to be mistaken. Or perhaps by carefully crafting rhetoric that’s designed (scientifically) to change an adult’s mind about their loosely-held belief. Otherwise we probably don’t. And we don’t need to reach everyone. Not even 51%. If we can only reach our future leaders….

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    •  @blamer  Or perhaps it’s this? http://i.imgur.com/lfPIp.jpg

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      •  @martinspribble Books? Naa. Those authors aren’t choosing their readers. It’s us readers who’re seeking those authors.

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  2. That woman makes me laugh! She goes on about how creationism just “makes sense” and is “easy to explain to your kids.” Atomic theory isn’t easy to explain to children. According to her logic, that means atomic theory can’t be true.

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