Each morning is an adventure at the CITADEL — the fabled Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere which threaten the values of Western Civilization. It’s where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.
Things are especially difficult during the second half of each calendar year. Most state legislative sessions have been concluded, so we rarely have to monitor the attempts of fools to mandate idiocy in their public schools. What remains for us to monitor are a few court cases, and then we track the ravings at various creationist websites. We know that despite the apparent lack of activity, they’re always hatching new schemes to bring down our civilization. So what did we learn this morning?
There are two items that you may find of interest. The first is at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their article is The Higgs Boson: A Blow to Christianity?
It’s written by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. At the end of the article we’re told that: “Dr. Hebert is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research.” After clicking around, we found that ICR has a biography page for him: Dr. Leo (Jake) Hebert III. He got his doctorate in 2011 and then joined ICR to work on the study of climates before and after Noah’s Flood — a worthy endeavor.
Hey — here’s a page listing all of the ICR Scientists. It also mentions Jason Lisle, recently recruited from ol’ Hambo’s Answers in Genesis, who is now ICR’s Director of Research. For reasons not yet apparent, ICR is beefing up their credentials. It’s difficult to imagine what they’re up to, but it’s safe to predict that it won’t amount to anything.
Okay, okay — we know you’re wondering what Jake Herbert thinks the Higgs means for Christianity. Others are wondering what it means for the Mayan end-time prophesy, or the latest 30-day weight-loss diet, but ICR has their own worries. Here are some excerpts from Jake’s article, with bold font added by us:
Scientists from Europe’s CERN research center presented evidence last week for a particle that is likely the Higgs boson, the last remaining elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.
Physicists had confirmed the existence for all the elementary particles of the Standard Model except one — the Higgs boson. Its discovery, if confirmed, would be a triumph for the Standard Model.
Yes, we know. What could any of that mean to ICR? Jake explains:
Given the pro-evolution bias of much of the media, it is not surprising that this discovery is being hyped as a blow to Christianity. The Higgs boson is “another nail in the coffin of religion,” said one University of Cambridge professor, although it is interesting that well-known professing atheist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking lost one hundred dollars betting that the Higgs boson would not be found.
There are footnotes to articles in the media that presumably are sources for that paragraph, but we haven’t checked them. The next paragraph describes statements by other scientists about whether the Higgs explains the cause of the Big Bang. After another paragraph or so, Jake concludes that their explanations are “unconvincing.”
That’s the whole article. Having read it, we have no idea what possible “blow to Christianity” Jake is talking about, any more than whether finding the Higgs is a blow to opera or baseball. Such is creation research at ICR.
But there’s one other article we encountered this morning, at the website of Fox News: Fossilized human feces hints at long-lost, 13,500-year-old West Coast culture. It says:
Fossilized human feces and other evidence from a West Coast cave demonstrates the existence of a long-lost, 13,500-year-old American culture, scientists said Thursday. The fossilized feces, known to researchers as a coprolite, from the Paisley Caves in Oregon has turned assumptions about the history of the Americas on its ear.
On its ear? Not the most apt metaphor, but let’s read on:
“Coprolites are as good as a human skeleton,” Dr. Thomas Stafford, Jr. of Stafford Research Laboratories said during a briefing for science journalists. This particular one left him stunned.
Archaeologists and paleontologists had long thought that a culture called Clovis once inhabited New Mexico, basing that belief on evidence from arrowheads and spear points carved in a certain way. Clovis was long regarded as the New World’s first inhabitants. Stafford believes the newfound coprolite suggests that the Oregon cave dwellers who lived here so long ago and the other, pre-historic humans at Clovis were “contemporaneous and parallel” — a finding that rewrites history in North America.
That coprolite should be of far greater concern to creation scientists than the Higgs boson, because it means that humans were producing such things long before the world was created only 6,000 years ago. ICR is focusing on the wrong particle.
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