Re: Testing in historical science

Bill Payne (
Sun, 16 Nov 1997 22:03:04 -0600

Glenn Morton wrote:

> >>Just as you referred to the scientific community
> >>incorrectly through your evolutionary bias, so also you see geology as
> >>supporting what it may not.
> I stand corrected from above. Bill did say it. Bill, what do you do with
> someone like me that started with your metaphysical assumptions? I didn't
> see geology through evolutionary eyes, until I began to see that Christians
> weren't telling me the truth about geology.

I apologize to Keith for my offensive way of expressing myself.

What I am trying to say is that we all, myself first and foremost, tend
to organize data to fit what we expect to see. For instance, the box
below can be seen as viewed from the top down or from the bottom up
(it's easier to see if redrawn with solid lines). It's fairly easy to
"see" it one way or the other, but difficult to see it both ways at once
- our brain can't assimilate both views simultaneously.

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We sometimes inadvertently do the same with our models of origins. I'm
just trying to force us to look outside the box.