Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Marshall Independent of Marshall, Minnesota. The letter is titled Seeking the truth about Earth, and the newspaper has a comments feature (with no comments yet).
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Phil. He writes a lot of letters, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. We’ve written about his letters before, and the last one was #1,056: Don’t Trust Science. Excerpts from his new letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
The Feb. 19, 2021 ‘Amazing science starts on Mars’ stated that scientists believe that if life ever flourished on Mars, it would have happened 3 billion to 4 billion years ago, when water still flowed on the planet. Two assumptions are made:
This is the article Phil is upset about: ‘Amazing science starts’ on Mars. It’s sub-titled: “NASA rover lands on planet to look for signs of ancient life.” Here are the two assumptions Phil says were made:
1. Life just starts up from a few dead chemicals, which amazingly produce self-assembling molecular machinery, ever growing in complexity as it proceeds up the intelligence ladder from microbes to animals and finally humans.
2. Our planet earth and the others have been around for billions of years.
Wowie — those are two big fat assumptions! But NASA can’t fool Phil. He says:
After many years of studying these topics and others within hundreds of weekly issues of the prestigious AAAS ‘Science’ publication, various books, and applying a little common sense I realized:
Phil appears to be very well informed. He learned two things from all of that study. Here’s the first:
1. Radiometric dating of rocks is just more ‘smoke and mirrors’ sophistry that ignores the scientific method and instead builds assumption upon assumption while ignoring real empirical data that the rocks and other physical phenomena are pointing to an earth of less than 10,000 years old, most probably about 6,000 years.
Your Curmudgeon is shocked — shocked! And that’s only the first thing Phil learned from his study. Now he tells us the second:
2. I am convinced the only reason ‘Old Age of Earth’ is kept alive is to prop up the rapidly rotting corpse of “Evolution”. [Gasp!] The religion of Evolution needs vast amounts of ‘time’ to do its magical wonders.
Jeepers, he’s right! He continues:
Macro-evolution (molecules to man without intellectual input) is dead. [Wow!] One of the greatest contributors to it’s [sic] death is the medical community, driven by its mandate to cure disease. Researchers have found themselves stumbling into a bottomless pit of new and extremely complicated information within the vast world of molecular machinery churning away in the cells that make up ‘Life’.
This guy is absolutely amazing! His next paragraph is a brief attack on a different article from the newspaper. Skipping that, we find ourselves at the end of Phil’s letter, which says:
Educate yourself, read books like ‘Darwin Devolves’ by Michael Behe, 2019 [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] and ‘Carved in Stone by Tim Clarey, 2020). Truth won’t necessarily make you rich, but it will set you free.
Fantastic letter, Phil! The Curmudgeon is proud of you.
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