Godlessons has a great idea. Like me, he’s very interested in seeing if Creation Science advocates know how to do science. More than that, he wants to see some good science in support of creation. So he’s started the Creationist Science Fair. Read the blog here.
If you’re not familiar with the basic mechanics of “Creation Science,” you might be surprised to learn that there has never, ever, in the history of Creation Science, been a single accurate piece of information about our universe added to the body of scientific knowledge by a CS experiment. Not one. Nothing. Scratch. Zilch. Zip. Bupkus.
I don’t want to let this go lightly. Creation Scientists claim that their field is an “alternative explanation” to the scientific theories about life, evolution, the age of the earth, etc. But here’s the rub — Even when they do make claims about the observable universe, they must steal from the scientific method. The most common of these claims involves the age of the earth or the nature of evolutionary change. There are plenty of books “refuting” the scientific model. But in order to make their claims, they must use some parts of the scientific method.
There is no alternative methodology in Creation Science. There is only misuse of Scientific Methodology.
Read that again carefully. What Creation Science does, when it offers alternative explanations, is to take bits and pieces of the scientific method and apply them to selected bits of data, which they often either take out of context or simply misrepresent or misunderstand. Their conclusions are not based on taking existing data and applying a non-scientific methodology to it. They are based on doing poor science without any additional methodology.
So back to the original and most salient point. Because Creation Scientists use poor science to reach their conclusions, they do not — and apparently cannot — make a single claim about the objective universe which accurately predicts or explains anything. And to this date, not a single thing they’ve done has passed any kind of fact checking or review for objective truth.
Which is why the Creation Science Fair is a great idea. Let’s give Creation Scientists the opportunity to put their science out there. Maybe there is – as some have claimed — a conspiracy of “scientific elites” to exclude creationism from real scientific inquiry. If that’s true, then bringing the science to the general public is the way to fix it. I find it hard to believe that the conspiracy could apply to everyone in the world who’s ever studied science enough to review for accuracy, reliability, etc. So let’s encourage these folks to get their science in front of the public. Let’s see the experiments. Let’s test the predictions.