You may recall that a couple of years ago we posted Where’s All the Lithium?, about a nagging problem in cosmology. Lithium 7 is the most common isotope of lithium (the nucleus has 3 protons and 4 neutrons), but observations of the spectra of older starts show less lithium 7 than ought to be present, compared to lithium 6, the other stable isotope (with three protons and 3 neutrons).
We assumed the creationists would somehow claim that this was useful for their outlook on things, but until now we haven’t seen any of them even mention it. That’s understandable, really. It’s not as if the apparent ratio of lithium 6 to lithium 7 in the early universe is consistent with scripture; and it’s difficult to argue that an intelligently designed universe would have started with exactly the observed amount of lithium 7. We suggested in a comment that the discrepancy is because the intelligent designer was using lithium 7 to treat his bipolar disorder — see Lithium (medication) — but the Discoveroids ignored our attempt to be helpful.
A creationist reaction took longer than we thought, but look what we found today at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). Their latest is Big Bang Fizzles under Lithium Test . Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Secular astrophysicists often talk about “primordial nucleosynthesis” as though it were a historical event like Washington crossing the Delaware. In theory, it describes how certain conditions — not God’s handiwork — during an early Big Bang universe somehow cobbled together the first elements. However, unlike Washington’s crossing, no historical evidence corroborates this primordial nucleosynthesis, an idea beset by a theoretical barrier called the “lithium problem.”
Jeepers — there’s no historical evidence for the Big Bang! Yahweh never mentioned it. And that godless theory is beset by a “theoretical barrier” — the lithium problem. So why don’t those wicked scientists just give up? ICR describes the lithium problem in their own way, and then they say:
One way to solve the lithium problem is to jettison the Big Bang theory altogether.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes — problem solved! Isn’t creation science wonderful? Then they say:
Actually, that would fix a long list of problems: the horizon problem, mature distant galaxy problem, dark matter problem, flatness problem, missing antimatter problem, young spiral galaxy problem, inflation ignition problem, asymmetry problem, and star formation problem.
They have footnotes for each of those items, which lead you to articles at the ICR website. We won’t bother with them. Let’s read on:
As science progresses, one would think it would increasingly confirm theories like the Big Bang. But instead of solving the Big Bang’s many problems, scientists are only finding more of them.
That’s in contrast to creationism, which solves all problems perfectly and never needs revision. ICR concludes with this:
The Big Bang theory has been imploding for decades as scientific experiments and observations continue to confirm Big Bang deal-breakers. And if the man-made narrative of the Big Bang never really happened, then God’s narrative of universal beginnings is back on the table.
Ah, now we understand what ICR is doing. They couldn’t figure out any other way to use the lithium anomaly, so they resorted to the most primitive of all creationist arguments:
In other words, if science doesn’t yet have an answer, then the answer must be … Oogity Boogity! That explains everything — except that it explains nothing, predicts nothing, and leads nowhere. But who cares? It’s The Truth™.
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