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"Few things in life are as good or as bad as they seem in the emotions of the moment."
I’ve found another great resource in the creationism debate.
A diarist on DailyKos has collected cogent simple arguments to throw in the face of the “flat earth” creationist hucksters.
[side note1 — A “flat earth” creationist is a deliberate term of disrespect for the type of creationist who disregards basic science, uses proven illegitimate arguments, and refers to his opponents by prejudicial and derogatory terms likening them to satanists or atheists, to try to sway an audience and win arguments — see the article below for much more]
[Side note2 — Flat earthers try to confuse, not enlighten. For example, flat earthers mix discussion of the origin of life with discussion of how species evolve from other species. In other words, they falsely claim evolution theory says things like that man is ultimately descended from rocks (life from non-life). Evolution of species says nothing about the big bang, or about the rise of life from non-life. But by mixing these widely disparate theories, flat earthers use weaknesses in one theory to destroy the credibilty of all theories with which they disagree, which is intellectually and scientifically pure nonsense and is bullshit under the guise of reasoned debate.]
The flat earth creationists are those who tend to appear on the talking heads TV shows. The TV preachers are flat earthers, in my opinion.
The flat earthers have a huge following among right wing politicians.
The flat earthers appeal to the masses, because their arguments do not require any self-study to understand fully, and they cater to the hopes and prejudices of people who worry about their eternal souls. It’s very interesting that all high profile flat earthers (that I know about) are also proud of their commitment to conservative Christianity or other conservative religious movement.
The flat earthers are the ones who preach the gospel of creationism without using real scientific arguments. They point out issues in the scientific community, and try to show that the presence of unanswered questions invalidates entire lines of science, which is nonsense. They are excellent at propagandizing and at making mountains out of molehills.
Here are a few facts as I understand them from a long time watching this issue and a long time reading actual science books (books that have been dumbed-down for the non-specialist like me), just so we are clear:
That’s enough for now.
See the article below and please check out the internal links.
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