JUST THE FACTS, PLEASE
question, for example, when scientists and governments claim that evolution is fact.
Biblical creationists, and perhaps even more so climate change skeptics, are part of the
focus of a team of psychology researchers who are “working to understand the cognitive processes, ideologies, cultural demands, and conspiracy beliefs that cause smart
people to resist scientific messages”.
One of the researchers said: “We find that people treat facts as relevant more when
the facts tend to support their opinions. When the facts are against their opinions, they
don’t necessarily deny the facts, but they say the facts are less relevant.” But those
statements could equally be applied to evolutionists and climate change proponents.
The researchers, it seems, are more focused on ‘massaging the message’. One said:
“Rather than taking on people’s surface attitudes directly, tailor the message so that it
aligns with their motivation. So with climate skeptics, for example, you find out what
they can agree on and then frame climate messages to align with these.”
Facts, beliefs, and identity: The seeds of science skepticism, phys.org, January 2017.
MUSEUM FOSSIL DISCOVERY PROMPTS CALL TO
SCRUTINIZE STORAGE VAULTS FOR OTHER ‘GEMS’
fossil specimens stored at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.
Now assigned the species name Websteroprion armstrongi, the fossil had been collected in a helicopter expedition to a
remote location in Ontario in 1994, but then languished in storage. That is, until it caught the eye of several researchers working with Ontario Museum staff.
A museum official said: “This is an excellent example of the importance of looking in remote and unexplored areas
for finding new exciting things, but also the importance of scrutinizing museum collections for overlooked gems.”
Indeed, creationists would wish that evolutionists find the many ‘overlooked gems’ in fossil collections that are readily
identifiable, but which are almost never put on display for the general public to see. For example, the fossils of hundreds of
species of mammals and birds found in the same rock layers as dinosaurs. And the myriad fossils of modern animals and
plants found in rocks where they should not be, according to the evolutionary view. (See creation.com/werner-living-fossils
But then, displaying them would unravel the evolutionary storyline in the public’s eyes; it would take a brave museum
curator to allow that.
400-million-year-old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum, University of Bristol News, bristol.ac.uk, February 2017.
Earth’s oldest ‘Bobbit worm’—gigantism in a Devonian eunicidan polychaete, Scientific Reports 7:43061, 2017 | doi:10.1038/srep43061.
MAMMOTH FIND BELOW THE WAVES
up animal bones when fishing for flatfish by dragging nets along
the seabed. For more than 100 years fishermen have also netted
tonnes of mammoth remains, mostly skulls, bones, tusks, hooves
A group of fossil hunters collected enough bones to recon-
struct a mammoth. One of them said: “In the Ice Age, lots of
water from the sea became great ice sheets and the land between
the Netherlands and the UK was joined up, so megafauna could
just walk around.”
The area in which the bones were found is said to have once
been a huge, mostly treeless, dry steppe.
For more on mammoth extinction and the Ice Age, see
creation.com/mammoth-extinction and creation.com/ice-age.
An exceptional mammoth discovery from the North Sea, depositsmag.com,
Essex Standard, 8 December 1876, p. 5.
Griffiths, S., Mammoth skeleton hauled from the North Sea’s depths,
dailymail.co.uk, December 2014.
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