My Archeopteryx Toy

People who use the scientific method to make observations about the world establish theories to explain the patterns they see. Creationists do not establish their own coherent theories. Instead they spend time poking holes in actual scientific theories. The claims they make against true science frequently even contradict.

I love collecting museum gift shop quality accurate dinosaur toys. I have at least 10 of them. On Amazon.com I finally found a toy of my favorite dinosaur – an archeopteryx. After I received it, I posted pictures of it on Facebook along with a brief statement about its being the first dinosaur discovered to have feathers. This fact makes its fossil the first one ever found that is likely a transitionary fossil bridging the gap between dinosaurs and birds. In other words, the fossil’s existence supports the theory of evolution – a theory that flies in the face of creationism and many people of faith.

A religious acquaintance from my home town asked “Isn’t that the fossil that was debunked as a hoax?” I replied that it was a genuine specimen. He quipped, “No, I’m pretty sure it was debunked.” Instead of explaining his claim he just insisted that the fossil is a fake. For the record, reputable scientists agree that the specimen is real. I asked him if he was bringing this claim into my celebration about the newest piece in my collection was for “Jesus reasons.” “Of course not.” He replied. I remain skeptical.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bermuda Triangle

triangleFrom Wikipedia:

Popular culture has attributed various disappearances [in the Bermuda Triangle] to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings. Documented evidence indicates that a significant percentage of the incidents were spurious, inaccurately reported, or embellished by later authors.

Can you name a topic you were passionate about exploring until someone crushed your dreams with the unrelenting heartless introduction of skepticism? For me it happens to be the Bermuda Triangle. I was fascinated with this subject. I wanted to learn everything I could about it. In the 5th grade my friends and I even did a multimedia book report presentation on one of the more famous BT stories. Then reality came a’knockin’ and extinguished that passion. It hurt, but it was a lesson I still think about today when exposed to nonsense.

Yesterday I noticed a trending topic on Facebook for the Bermuda Triangle and I became frustrated. Why are people still talking about this? I assumed it was due to some paranormal story still trying to keep the legend alive. I complained about it and was shocked to learn that some people still entertain this myth! I even encountered some attitude from a guy who attended my middle school.

Disingenuous Cryptozoologist

The other day I was watching a show about Bigfoot. I tend to yell at the television when programs are presenting blatant lies which distract people away from reason and critical thinking (Nostradamus, Nessie, Jesus, etc.) but I wanted to see what kind of humorous “facts” were going to be offered up. This jerk-off who was a big foot “expert” had a “museum” (which no doubt had a lucrative gift shop) in the Pacific Northwest somewhere.

The main remark that stood out to me was when he said:

 

“I’ve never seen the Eiffel Tower but I believe it exists.”

 

This statement is exactly the kind of flawed logic that is wrong with people. I don’t think 50 million people have walked up and down big foot and taken 30 trillion (non-blurry) pictures of it.

 

“I think big foot is blurry, that’s the problem. It’s not the photographer’s fault. Big foot is blurry, and that’s extra scary to me. There’s a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he’s fuzzy, get out of here.” – Mitch

 

I’d like to dedicate this post to two of my heroes: Michael Shermer and Richard Dawkins.