Sunday, February 25, 2007

PhD's; Must you believe in what you study?

OK so I found this very interesting article today stating that Rhode Island University gave a PhD in Geoscience to a Young Earth Creationist (YEC). Simple stating a YEC is a person that goes against the mainstream scientific viewpoint and believes that everything the Bible says is correct and essentially the Earth is about 6-10 thousand years old. Not the 4.6 billion the scientific community has adopted.

Actually not only was the thesis he defended about geology it was in particular a paleontology degree, studying Mososaurs. These animals lived over 65 million years ago during the Mesozoic (dino age) and could not have easily fit into the YEC viewpoint. It was stated very clearly also by the PhD recipient (Marcus Ross) that he did not believe the science that he was studying nor the conclusions that he came to.

So my question simply is, can you get a degree in something you profoundly feel is wrong? Like most scientists I feel that Creationists are just wrong based on the evidence upon evidence that has been produced for several hundreds of years and that like the flat earth theory this hopefully will fade into the passed. But people are entitled to their own opinions and a society that forces what believe is not the society Americans signed up for. So let them believe what they want to and I will believe what I want to and we will probably both argue and yell and try to convince the other is wrong but when is life not like that.

But I have a problem with this degree that was granted without any apparent problems to a person who essentially lied through his teeth to get it. What was his point in getting it anyway. He does not believe in what most geologists or paleontologists do, why place himself into that sort of scrutiny? Does he want to convert the masses? Maybe but then why proclaim that everything we have done was right and then go well I was just lying about that. It makes yourself look like an idiot and your viewpoints seem to have even less clout then they would have before.

Go to any SVP (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology) or GSA (Geological Society of America) meeting and present you actual findings and I can guarantee that they will pick apart any findings you have. But don't take that as a religious thing, its a science this. Trust me I know. I had 2 years of work taken apart in one finding. But you know what, science moves on and no matter what you think you know. It will turn out to be wrong in the long run.

So again I pose the question, should a PhD be disposed on someone who might and probably is making a mockery of the scientific community?


Some links for this story
http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/2007/02/what-is-science.html
http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/02/20/should-creationists-be-able-to-get-phds-in-geoscience/
http://trueancestor.typepad.com/true_ancestor/2007/02/can_a_student_p.html

Friday, February 02, 2007

Global warming is definitely, most probably almost certainly human caused

So a new report comes out today that global warming is likely the result of human activity. So what makes this report different from the many before it?

Nothing that I can tell.

I mean really. How many of these stupid things need to come out before the US government will actually do anything. You know this report was primarily for our benefit since the rest of the world has grown up and accepted the earlier reports. The most profound international program, the Kyoto Protocol, has been panned by Bush since it allowed too much leniency for developing nations even though we (the US) produces a vast majority of the CO2 entering the atmosphere.

Another thing I'm not much a fan of in the report is that they state that the effects of global warming are not going to go away anytime soon. They then go on to state much further down the article that this does not mean we should do nothing and if we do nothing things will get much worse. But what about the people that just read the first half of stories? Because all of us have done that before. This will lead people to the wrong conclusions that to do nothing will be just as good, if not better then actually trying to stop this.

Anyway, that's my vent. Here is a link to a couple of the stories

Reuters

Associated Press

Live Science