From: bivalve (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 11:40:00 EDT
>>Humphreys writes: "After surveying the evidence for geomagnetic polarity reversals for myself, I concluded that they had indeed occurred. I proposed that they took place rapidly during the Genesis Flood<<
> If Humphreys were careful he would have said "Today's energy decay rate is so high that the geomagnetic field could not be more than a few dozen millennia old IF WE EXTRAPOLATE PRESENT DATA BACK THAT FAR." (My emphasis added.)<
These illustrate a couple of peculiarities common in YEC (young-earth creationism) arguments. By admitting that reversals have occurred, Humphreys indirectly admits that other YEC advocates slander conventional geologists in denying the existence of reversals. Internal consistency is not a concern.
The second is an example of the unjustified uniformitarianism that is popular as a base for YEC arguments. Ironically, the hypocritical and illogical accusation of uniformitarianism as inherently atheistic is also popular among YEC advocates.
Dr. David Campbell
University of Alabama
Biodiversity & Systematics
Dept. Biological Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345 USA
That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at Droitgate Spa
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