We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Because we don’t like to embarrass people, we’ll omit the letter-writer’s name and city — but we did locate a refrigeration repair company in Lodi owned by a man with a similar name. Okay, here we go:
Robert Jastrow, astronomer and professor of earth sciences (1981-1992) and chairman of NASA’s space program, was asked what he believed about creation. He stated, “Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which they can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on earth.”
Jastrow seems to have said that. It appears in the Wikipedia article on Robert Jastrow. However, our letter-writer left out Jastrow’s next words:
And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact
That’s a strange thing for a scientist to say, but it doesn’t mean anything. Quote-miners love Jastrow, however. He popped up before in Creationist Wisdom #318. Let’s read on from today’s letter:
Jastrow was not alone in his belief about the origin of life.
Aaaargh!! Jastrow was talking about the origin of the Big Bang. No matter, the letter goes on:
Other leading scientists also expressed their views on creation, and physicist Emerson Cooper stated, “The most established law in science, the second law of thermodynamics, refutes evolution.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Wikipedia never heard of the guy and we’re not going to waste time hunting for him. The letter continues:
Physicist H.S. Lipson, realizing the odds against a spontaneous origin for life said, “The only acceptable explanation is creation. I know that this is anathema to physicists, as indeed it is to me, but we must not reject a theory (creation) that we do not like if the experimental evidence supports it, evolution became in a sense a scientific religion.”
That’s popped up before too. We discussed it in Creationist Wisdom #328, where we said:
We found the letter-writer’s quote, more or less, at the website of the Institute for Creation Research in this article: Evolution Is Religion, Not Science. It appears at several other creationist websites too. Googling for Lipson’s name generates more hits for that quote than anything else he’s ever done in his life. TalkOrigins discusses it here, at quote #59: Quote Mine Project. It seems that Lipson retracted his statement, at least a little bit. Strange guy.
Here’s more from today’s letter:
Zoologist Albert Fleischmann of the University of Erlanngen declared, “The Darwinian Theory of descent has not a single fact to confirm in the realm of nature. It is not the result of scientific research, but purely the product of imagination.”
His name is also in the TalkOrigins Quote Mine Project — scroll down to #67. It’s not that quote (which we can’t find anywhere), but creationists seem to attribute a lot of nonsense to him. Don’t leave us yet — our letter-writer has another one:
Louis Bounoure, director of the Strasbourg Zoological Museum, and later director of research at the French National Center of Scientific Research, stated in 1984, “Evolutionism is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the process of science, it is useless.”
Another name unknown to Wikipedia. TalkOrigins has it (and rebuts it) here: Old, Out of Context Quotations from French Scientists.
And now we come to the end of the letter:
The list goes on and on, but you begin to see that what once was taught as “fact” is anything but fact. Today’s high school textbooks still teach evolution as fact. Why? They were all written by evolutionists!
Observe, dear reader, that like all creationists, our letter-writer gives us no evidence for creationism, and no evidence contrary to evolution. It’s all based on quotes — an appeal to a few carefully selected authorities — mostly bogus — while ignoring over 99% of the real authorities. Another fine addition to our collection.
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