Galway’s letter skillfully avoided scientific evidence
I write in response to a letter written by Dennis Galway, which was published in the Nov. 9, 2010 edition of The Compass, and headlined “Creationism short on facts, says writer.”
Mr. Galway’s letter to the editor skillfully avoided any discussion of the scientific evidence, except in stating the “ fact” that there have been intermediate fossils found.
Actually, the only fact is that fossils have been found. The intermediate appearance of said fossils is an interpretation, not a fact. Last year, Scientific American published a wonderful piece of propaganda depicting (in a two-page spread) the alleged intermediate fossils connecting humans and apes.
I went down this list one-by-one, showing that the fossils in question are either completely ape, completely human, or completely fraud. The dinosaur-to-bird connection is hotly contested, even within the evolutionary community. There are huge issues with the dino-to-bird connection, such as evolutionary reversals.
It’s also interesting that Mr. Galway brought up the Grand Canyon rock layers and fossils, as this is an area I’ve personally studied. For example, the Hermit shale is interbedded with, and sometimes underneath, the Supai formation in Sedona, only 125 kilometres away from Grand Canyon. So how did younger rock layers get underneath layers supposedly tens of millions of years older? So much for the geological timescale and the fossils only being found in certain layers.
Mr. Galway claimed Creationists refuse to subject their theories to peer review. This is patently false. It is well known that mainstream scientific journals refuse to consider publication of any article that is overtly creationary.
Nevertheless, many creationary scientists have published in peer reviewed journals over the years: Dr. Russell Humphreys, Dr. John Baumgardner, Dr. Steve Austin, Dr. Robert Gentry, to name a few.
There’s a raft of others I know personally who have published under pseudonyms because of the open, flagrant bigotry towards creationary thinkers in academia.
Creationist Dr. Robert A. Herrmann has published (without coauthors) 73 articles in 30 different journals from 14 countries. He has written over 250 published reviews as well as seven books.
Of the 300,000 individuals who have produced approximately 1.6 million published papers or books in the mathematical sciences, Dr. Herrmann ranks in the top two per cent in the production of such material. Of those 73 publications, 57 appear in non-theologically related, peer reviewed scientific journals. Of the 57, 15 have direct application to his model of General Intelligent Design (not to be confused with the common “Intelligent Design” movement) or the origins of our universe.
Dr. Herrmann wrote of the peer review process: “ Today, peer review rather than indicating that results are scientifically acceptable, now indicates whether the scientific results are philosophically acceptable.”
Mr. Galway referred to dark-ages education, but seems to be unaware that the sciences were founded by Creationists, and evolution has actually hindered the sciences — especially the medical sciences.
An entire book could be written on that subject alone! I will simply refer the readers to research vestigial organs as a quick example of how evolutionary theory has not just hindered science, but has crippled and even killed people through its influence on medical research and beliefs.
Ian A. Juby