Consensus and Science

A recent paper summary from Science Daily got me thinking about what role consensus should play in science. The article was titled “Astronomers agree: Universe is nearly 14 billion years old.” My immediate thought was: “That’s not true. I can name half a dozen creationist astronomers off the top of my head (Jason Lisle, Danny Faulkner, John Hartnett, Russel Humphries, Ron Samec, Spike Psarris, Robert Hill etc) who do not accept that age. The title should start with “Most astronomers” but it clearly doesn’t. So what is going on here? The title is an attempt to convince the public that there is no debate, everyone agrees, and whatever you’ve heard or read is untrue. It’s very much an appeal to majority fallacy.

Domestication of Animals

A very interesting story appeared in New Scientist recently regarding the domestication of dogs. We’re going to take a look at that story today, as well as the broader topic of animal domestication as that is something we’ve never touched on before and it had tangential bearing on the flood and its aftermath. With all that in mind, let’s look at what New Scientist tells us.

Hugh Ross Botches Christmas

As he does every week, Dr. Hugh Ross responded to a question sent to his ministry. Usually I ignore his feedback responses. They’re almost always shorter than anything I write, rarely footnoted, and often seem to be little more than the thoughts off the top of his head when he received the question. While there is a place for that kind of format, its not something I would generally bother to respond to. Not this time. This time, Ross managed, somehow, to botch Christmas.