I've finished watching the rest of the Nye-Ham debate. Couldn't liveblog it because my computer no longer sends sound to my teevee, and so my friend and I had to watch it on this machine. I'm glad I got to concentrate more on my friend's reactions than trying to notate everything, because his expressions were priceless. The writhing, the growling, the agonized flailing of his hands and howls of outraged frustration whenever Ham repeated himself - priceless.
He thought Nye won it hands-down, mostly because of the annual layers in ice cores. That was the piece of evidence for the age of the earth that impacted my friend most strongly. And Ken Ham never properly addressed it. He couldn't explain it away.
I'll be going back through the entire thing with another friend and shall soon blog the results. I will gently correct the geology Nye got sorta-kinda wrong, and laugh at Ham's especially horrible-bad moments. But for the most part, I was impressed by Nye, despite a few stumbles - he was great at thinking on his feet, his passion for science carried him through, and he had more than enough evidence to annihilate Ham's pathetic biblical literalism.
The main thing that stood out for me is this: Ken Ham and Bob Jones University wave around the same Bible, in the same translation, and both claim it's 100% totally factual and tells us all we need to know. Tells us when and how Earth was created, no question. That being said by them, riddle me this: why the fuck does Ham and his AiG put the age of the earth at 6,000 years old, while BJU swears it's 7,000? If this shit is god's word, accurate in every particular, how the bloody hell do you come up with a thousand-year difference in the earth's age?
Splain that one, Ken.
I'd offer to debate the little shit when I'm finished reading my good Christianist textbooks, but I don't want to go to jail for grievous bodily harm. I'm afraid that the umpteenth time he repeated "we weren't there" or "There's a book," I'd pop him a right smart crack or three on the noggin with my rock hammer and stomp outta the auditorium. Tries your patience, that does. Sorely.
And you know what the saddest thing is? Ken Ham, enormously ignorant and proud of it as he is, looks like a creationist Einstein compared to the assclowns who wrote the ACE science curriculum. Go ahead, click the link and read what's in those inane bloody books. If you dare.
You'd best protect yourself with a gallon or two of the mind-altering substance of your choice before you try. You have been warned.