Ted Nield on why the Trust had to withdraw its Gian’t Causeway text
Originally published in Geoscientist – the independent Fellowship
magazine of The Geological Society of London.
Scientists must never forget that anyone is free to believe whatever nonsense they like about the world, for their freedom is also our freedom. But that is not to say that we should accept the claims of fundamentalist believers that their version of creation myth has equivalent ‘scientific’ claim upon reality – and public attention.
It could have been worse. Scientists could take comfort that the panels clearly presented a proper scientific explanation first and relegated YECs to a subsidiary section about myths. The problem arose, however, not because YEC beliefs were mentioned (though that was too much for some) but because the Trust did more than nod to the existence of YEC beliefs when it stated: “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.”
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We would congratulate the Trust on its U-turn, were it not for our belief that it should not have been so naive in the first place.
- Geological Society 2008 Policy Statement “Young Earth Creationism”, “Creation Science” and “Intelligent Design”
- National Trust statement
- Moreton, S. (2009) Facts meet fantasies at the Giant’s Causeway. Earth Science Ireland, Issue 6, p. 37-39.
- Zalasiewicz, Jan 2008: Giant’s Causeway – myth and reality. Geoscientist 18.04, pp14,15
Written By: Ted Nield – The Geological Society (UK)continue to source article at geolsoc.org.uk