VERILY, the creationist mind is a wonder to behold! We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Planetary Quandaries Solved: Saturn Is Young. This is from the highly esteemed creationist website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). The bold font was added by us:
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been on a mission to gather information on the structure and composition of Saturn, its rings, and its moons. Conventional cosmology holds that the planets of the solar system are billions of years old. But the more that scientists learn about Saturn’s systems, the more they uncover evidence of a young planet.
The creationist writer is referring to NASA’s Cassini Mission, which has taken years to arrive at the Saturn system, and has been sending back an amazing quantity of information — enough to keep astronomers busy for years to come.
Your Curmudgeon doesn’t do much astronomy down here in our secret underground control room, so we’re not going to tell you what’s really going on with Saturn and its rings. This post is for the purpose of illustrating how creationists react to new information. It’s quite revealing.
You can see more examples of the creationist mind at chat forums like Free Republic, where they have this thread devoted to the ICR article. There are so many creationists at Free Republic that they have a companion thread, Titan young after all? That one is about this related article from yet another creationist source.
What you can see there is quite remarkable. Right in the middle of the larger society — the one that launches missions to Saturn — is something that resembles a remote, totally isolated culture. Creationist “thinking” from creationist websites is the principal source of “knowledge” for such folk, which they discuss at their creationist chat sites. From there, some of it leaks out into the real world.
Let’s get back to ICR and read on:
In 2006, a NASA report presented another aspect of “The Age Problem.” The rings are spreading, and the rate of spread does not match the evolutionary ages assigned to Saturn. The report also indicated that Saturn’s moons have a short life expectancy, because they are being chipped away and churned up into debris so fast that their very presence is a mystery for evolutionary timescales.
That NASA report is here. We’ve only glanced at it, but it doesn’t appear to be evidence for creationism — indeed, there is no scientific evidence that supports creationism. But the boys at ICR probably haven’t read the NASA report either, and their creationist audience certainly won’t bother with it. Footnotes at the end of creationist articles are like parsley. They look pretty, but they’re for decoration only.
We continue with the ICR article:
Another indicator of youth is that Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons photographed on Cassini’s latest flyby, is spewing ice into space in a giant plume, like a water faucet with the handle stuck on. “The spray of icy particles from the surface jets collectively forms a towering plume three times taller than the width of Enceladus.” Evolutionary scientists do not have an explanation for why Enceladus still retains enough material to continue supplying the fountain, as well as enough energy to keep the pressure on.
That quote allegedly comes from this NASA report: About Saturn & Its Moons. We don’t see this as evidence that “evolutionary scientists” are scratching their heads about how that geyser on Enceladus has been spewing for 4.5 billion years. For some reliable information on the plume at Enceladus, check out this video from Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
One final excerpt from the ICR article, and here — fully revealed — we see the workings of the creationist mind:
Though they may mystify evolutionary adherents, “The Age Problems” that Cassini’s photographs and other data are uncovering are not problems for creation thinking. The youthful features of Saturn and its rings are not puzzling at all, considering they were hung in the heavens about 6,000 years ago by the direct action of a Creator.
Comforting, isn’t it? All this spectacular information, the videos, the newly seen moons, their features, the intellectual challenge it all presents, these things “are not problems for creation thinking.”
Nothing ever is.
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