It would be comedy if they weren’t so serious.

Want to see what happens when you toss confidence into a cauldron with a couple of dipshits and stir?

Laugh it up.  These guys don’t have the first clue how we’ve determined the age of the earth and to the pretty precise extent we’ve done it, but they’re sure laughing at scientists.  Of course, right after chortling at the idea that the earth is 4.54 billion years old, one of them says he knows there was a garden of Eden.  They scoff at the claims of science, giggling like mad that science thinks it can reasonably be so precise, and then they go positively apeshit talking about how they know all kinds of crazy things.

Take a moment and realize that a scary number of Americans are laughing right along with them, and that Glenn Beck makes more money than pretty much any scientists.  Millions of Americans really do think that these people are more reliable than the people representing the discipline that gave them television.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Enopoletus Harding

    Beck’s creationism is simply disgusting.

  • RuQu

    For fun context, the ad at the top of this page when I viewed it was for:

    #1 International Bestseller
    “A Message of Hope from the Angels” by Lorna Byrne
    “Let your angels be your guide!”

    There is a lot of money to be made off of people conditioned to the religious message. Whether those taking advantage of them honestly believe or not, they are still selling a false product. There really should be a law…

  • RuQu

    Actually listening to the clip, and ignoring the validity of their statements, I fail to see how that show is considered entertaining to anyone. Assuming that they were correct, they say nothing insightful or meaningful. Nothing humorous.

    • Nate Frein

      The “Humor” is of the same sort where Nelson points and laughs at someone on the Simpsons.

      The whole thing is predicated on the “absurdity” of the ideas being pointed at. In other words, the only way for it to be funny is to accept the statements made as being valid. Otherwise it just falls of as pathetic (which in this case it does).

      • RuQu

        At one point they were laughing at the age of 4.54 billion years, saying it would be “absurd” to say it was 4.53 or 4.55 billion years old.

        As a great scholar (and swordsman) once said, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. “

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      There’s a reason why the funny comedians generally have a leftish slant.

      Right-wing comedy is usually on the theme “so there was a black man, HE WAS ON FOOD STAMPS!

  • Art Vandelay

    The best part is that they think a day is a revolution around the sun.

    • Baal

      (that’d be a ride where you’d have to hold on)

  • Jacob

    I almost had an aneurysm watching this.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    And a PMS joke, too! Keep it klassy, Glenn.

  • DaveL

    I am ceaselessly amazed that the very same people, who laugh at scientists when they say our knowledge of nuclear physics allows us to precisely determine the age of rocks, have no problem believing the same scientists when they say our knowledge of nuclear physics allows us to prevent a nuclear power plant from becoming a giant atomic bomb.

  • H.H.

    I love how Beck thinks it “doesn’t matter” and people can just ask Jesus when they get to heaven how old the Earth is. Awesome plan, Glenn!

  • iknklast

    I can’t watch this. I get it all the time from my students. In fact, students go out of their way to introduce things I haven’t brought up just to criticize scientists. All semester, a student keeps bringing up Stephen Hawking just to say how ridiculous he is (at first, I thought it was because of his handicap, but actually he’s laughing at the fact that Hawking thinks we die). Hawking is not a subject in my class, we talk about the age of the earth and the formation of the universe, but it’s a freshman non-majors class, so we don’t get that into depth. I really snapped at him the other day when he asked me “Were you there?” Yes, the kids who have been fed that pap from birth are now in the colleges, FSM save us all!

    • Zme

      The answer to “Were you there?” is “Yes”. Then what’s the little fuck going to say?

      • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

        Sadly they are less tolerant when you get them on a discussion of what they believe, and then ask “were you there?” every five seconds.

      • iknklast

        Probably that I must be older than god ;-)

    • RuQu

      You could try using this as a segue into a discussion of epistemology.

      Demonstrate the failings of their “Were you there?” concept. Assert that “It is well known that the Bible was written by elephants, using unicorn horns as pencils and the blood of virgins for ink.” When they protest, ask “Were you there?”

      From there you can talk about how science has revolutionized epistemology, and we can actually know things far more solidly than ever before by rigorously following the scientific method. How we can trust the word of a scientist because if we doubt them, we can always repeat the experiment ourselves, and others have likely already done so.

      • iknklast

        I actually do quite a bit of that. I’ve been spending a great deal of time on “how do you know?” and I consider that a totally valid question. I want students to understand how we know. But they aren’t listening. Because they have an automatic sensor that filters out anything that sounds even vaguel contrary to their beliefs.

      • Hypatia’s Daughter

        But separation of church and state has put public school teachers in a difficult position.
        Only science in the classroom. No religious discussions. CreoID is religious (deemed so by the courts.) Students are allowed to question the science but if a teacher questions CreoID, they are critiquing someones religious belief and may bring a whole ton of legal trouble down on their heads.
        Fundie types have no problem with inconstancy – they can pretend their religion is science, and worthy of classroom time, until it gets dissed, then suddenly, it is religion again.

  • Aegis

    Those men have really punchable faces.

    Not relevant to their (lack of) points. Just an observation.

  • Mark

    Really? Geologists invented the TV?

    • Joe

      I’m pretty sure JT means science in general, not just geologists (granted, the wording is a little clumsy). After all, geology isn’t the only area of science involved in determining the age of the earth – nuclear physicists were involved in determining the half-lives of the isotopes used in radiometric dating, for example.