Leicester Exchanges: The Giant's Causeway and Creationism

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 09, 2012 04:25 PM |
Leicester geologists explain why the National Trust's new visitor centre displays an error of judgement.
Leicester Exchanges: The Giant's Causeway and Creationism

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The scientific community, especially the geological community, is questioning the new visitor centre unveiled by the National Trust at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

The NT's exhibits include one suggesting that 'Young Earth Creationists', who believe that the world is only 6,000 years old, have a valid point of view, even though the basalt columns outside the visitor centre were formed 60 million years ago. A local creationist organisation apparently advised the NT on the exhibit content.

Three researchers from our Department of Geology - Dr Rebecca Williams, Dr Jan Zalasiewicz* and PhD student Olvier Knevitt - have written a piece for our Leicester Exchanges blog explaining why the NT have made a serious error of judgement in describing 'mainstream science' vs creationism as a 'debate'.

*Author of the acclaimed popular science books The Planet in a Pebble and The Goldilocks Planet, and recently seen on Coast.

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