Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday Unprofessionalism

PZ reports here about a bunch of Young Earth Creationists who organised a field trip at a meeting of the Geological Society of America and carefully hid their agenda. They didn’t tell anyone they were YECs or that they’d spring their lunatic ideas on everyone once the trip was underway and nobody could back out.  They gibbered about a young Earth for a while then later claimed that they’d convinced the experts.  I doubt that.

This is all grossly unprofessional.  They lied by omission about their motives and intentions.  They wasted the attendees’ time.  Then they lied about convincing the experts.  One of them – Marcus Ross – presented a paper at the conference which directly contradicted his belief that the planet is less than 10,000 years old.  When challenged on it, he was at first evasive then said:

I am not speaking as a young earth creationist here. When I speak at young earth creationist meetings I use a different framework than when I speak at the Geological Society of America meeting."

Ross is doing (presumably) proper science, but only as a means to gain respectability to lend false weight to his crazy assertions of a young Earth.  This is called “hypocrisy” and “lying” and is deeply unprofessional.

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