I don’t normally insert the web link AND the pdf print of the article, but this one has to be recorded for posterity…
My god. I’m not even sure where to start with commenting on this article. Five days after reading it i’m still shocked. Hang on, just let me check that…. yup – still shocked!
He is on the United States Congressional House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and believes the Earth is 9,000 years old and was created in 6 days – for which he has evidence. I would love to see see this evidence – could it change the course of scientific thought in the 21st Century?
This is the same committee which the lovely Todd Akin sits on – the representative from Missouri who sparked outrage and ridicule this summer, after suggesting that it was “really rare” for rape to result in pregnancy – he also apparently had ‘evidence’ for this!
“If it is legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down,” the Missouri politician said, while trying to mount a defence of his no-exception anti-abortion stance.
So, Paul Broun has called the present theories about the start of the universe and evolution ‘Lies straight from the pit of hell.’
What i’m really curious about is what influences there have been in his life (particularly during his childhood) which led to this set of views, or being able to seriously develop these types of views? He is a doctor, which means he’s intelligent. What i’m constantly shocked by is apparently intelligent people coming out with the most crazy things, especially concerning ‘evidence’. What makes people like this ignore literally mountains of data and evidence which points to a polar opposite conclusion, in favour of their own view?
This is simply strong religious belief masking the process of science. Of course there is no evidence that the world was created in 6 days. I know it’s a good idea to provide a balance of opposing views on these committees in the interests of each side getting a fair hearing but this is ridiculous. That’s just taking things about 200 steps too far.