Among other topics, it includes a look at the work of Clair Cameron Patterson (1922 – 1995) at the California Institute of Technology. According to Wikipedia:
In collaboration with George Tilton, Patterson developed the uranium-lead dating method into lead-lead dating, and by using lead isotopic data from the Canyon Diablo meteorite, he calculated an age for the Earth of 4.55 billion years; a figure far more accurate than those that existed at the time and one that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.
That should elicit an amusing response from ol’ Hambo’s website. They’ll be denying that anyone could know anything about the past without the testimony of an eyewitness, and they’re sure to ask: Were you there? Of course they’ll claim that they know the past because they rely on scripture, which is God’s own account of things.
But Hambo wasn’t there when Genesis was written, so he has no clue as to whether it was dictated by Yahweh. We can be certain that it was transcribed by men, who undoubtedly used the then prevailing Babylonian view of the world. It wasn’t very accurate, but it was the best they could do at the time, and their limited knowledge about the physical world is irrelevant to their moral insights.
Considering how the creationists continue to cling to the 3,000 year-old “science” in Genesis, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary that has been reliably accumulated since then, one might reasonably ask them: Why are you there instead of here?
The closet-creationists of the Discovery Institute probably won’t complain about the age of the Earth, but they’re certain to find something they consider to be an insult. Much of what we know insults them because of their rejection of science (which they dismiss as “materialism”), in favor of their mystical designer. Their ceaseless attempts to be taken seriously are an irresistible invitation to insults — as if they were all wearing “kick me” signs.
If you watch the show tonight, let us know what you think of it. We’ll have later posts about the reactions from the science deniers. As always, that will be the most entertaining aspect of tonight’s Cosmos episode.
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