Ken Ham is ending the year with yet another wonderful post about the word science, and how he believes secularist misuse it.
“What is science?” writes Ham. “Well, there’s a lot of misuse of the word by secularists and the popular media. The word itself simply means ‘knowledge’ and refers to the process by which we use the scientific method to learn more about the natural world around us.”
Well, he starts off okay, yes, science is how we learn about the natural world around us.
Then, of course, Ham goes off the rails, first by saying secularists and the media “misuse” the word, but then he goes further.
“secularists often misuse the word science when they use it to refer to their molecules-to-man evolution belief, and then also misapply it to refer to technology, which is operational science (observation and repeatable testing). There’s a big difference between knowledge about the past (origins beliefs) and knowledge for building technology! You can’t observe, test, or repeat the past, so historical (or origins) science isn’t the same thing as observational science that can be directly observed, tested, and repeated in the present.”
That, my friends, is pure bullshit. He knows it, but he knows his followers will line up to give him money and eat up whatever bullshit he sells them.
As many of you know, Ham adheres to some strange belief that there are two sciences, historical and observational. This, as many of you also know, isn’t the case. There is simply one “science.”
The truth is, we can observe the past. Look out your window any night, see those stars? You’re looking into the past. With a powerful enough telescope you can learn a lot from the past.
Go dig up some rocks, especially at a beach where the water has exposed many different layers of strata. You can date those rocks, and find fossils in them, from the past. We can learn a lot from that.
Based on those findings, we can then make predictions and test them in the real world and confirm or disprove those predictions.
Ham doesn’t want his followers to know this. This alone disproves his entire worldview. He knows it, and it scares the shit out of him.
Ham continues: “Secularists need to admit their faulty beliefs. But they don’t want to acknowledge they have any beliefs! They believe life somehow arose by natural processes, and they also believe in an unobservable process of molecules-to-man evolution. Secularists have a religion.”
It’s funny to me that Ham insists on using religion as an insult, but that aside, science isn’t a belief. We can observe evolution, even his so-called “molecule-to-man” evolution. We have observed new species of finch, and we can replicate evolution in the lab for many species of insect.
This is again, something Ham knows. All of the natural processes involved in natural selection are observable and testable. Fossils, DNA, and other evidence confirm this.
We don’t believe in evolution, as Ham implies, but instead, we accept the evidence.
The real closer is that Ham claims it’s only creationists that are honest about science.
“Creationists are more than willing to distinguish between beliefs about origins and observable science that builds our technology,” he said, “But secularists refuse to admit what are obviously beliefs—they just keep claiming their beliefs are “science.” They make these claims to attempt to brainwash people into believing that molecules-to-man evolution can be proven—which it is most definitely can’t!”
I don’t gamble, but I’ll pay down my life saving that we can prove to people that evolution is an undeniable fact. I don’t need to brainwash someone, I can show them evidence. Unlike Ham, who can only show them a Bible, full of contradictions, and tell people they need “faith.”
I can’t blame Ham, though, for ending the year on this note. He has a failing museum, a failing “theme” park, and must find ways to attract more donations and more followers.
2017 is going to be a rough year for him, even with such an evangelical White House. Even with all of that, know one believes his nonsense.
At the end of the day, creationists know their story is false. They can’t convince any serious person otherwise. I welcome them to try, but they will get their asses handed back to them.