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"Dealing with Creationism in Astronomy

From Pseudo-Science to Real Science

16 Mar 2014, 23:04 UTC
From Pseudo-Science to Real Science
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It's an interesting question. I have lots of friends involved in the sciences and it seems to be a common, though not universal, experience. If you follow a number of science and skepticism blogs and podcasts, you sometimes hear similar stories from individuals involved in the movement. It may be more anecdote than data, but it appears many individuals involved as adults in the science and skepticism movement had their own phase of fascination with strange claims.I had my own phase, probably covering my years from about 7th to 10th grade. I was a big fan of science fiction before that and followed many of the Gemini and Apollo missions. But for a time, I was consuming everything I could on UFOs, Velikovsky's "Worlds in Collision", Erich von Daniken's ancient astronauts, psychic phenomena, pyramid power (Wikipedia), and more.I had been involved with local churches, mostly mainstream Methodist congregations, but even there I was exposed to stories such as claims that Joshua's missing day had been found by NASA (Snopes), as well as the notorious Jack Chick publications (Wikipedia). Occasionally I would join up with more fundamentalist congregations which introduced me to various flavors of Young-Earth Creationism.I completed high school with ...

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