Neil deGrasse Tyson Said Earth Is 4.5 Billion Years Old on TV: Creationists' Heads Explode
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It did not take long for the creationists to take issue with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the latest episode of Cosmos on Fox. Why you ask? Well, because Tyson dared to declare the age of the earth to be 4.5 billion years old.
Answers in Genesis (AiG), the organization run by "young Earth" creationist Ken Ham, known for his recent debate against Bill Nye on the topic of evolution has now taken issue with episode 7 of Cosmos as the show taught us just how scientist Claire Patterson discovered the true age of this very planet.
AiG takes issue because early on Tyson declared that the true age of the earth couldn’t be found without a reliable historical record. The Bible was once believed to be this historical record, but as Tyson explains, it is no longer. Now we can look to the rocks themselves to find our answer.
Right away AiG on its website attacks science as unreliable because this particular episode discusses how scientific bias can be used for good and bad. The episode itself shows how good data always wins over bad and highlights just why science works, through peer-review.
AiG misses this point entirely and now believes, as it always has, that science is flawed and biased. Ironic from a site that states its mission is to prove its conclusion, almost the total definition of bias.
Now, AiG claims:
How ironic that the Cosmos writers shine light on how scientists’ biases affect how they interpret the same data! Bias doesn’t just come from a desire for money, prestige, or power. Bias also comes from a scientist’s worldview.
What worldview are they referencing? This makes the ultimate assumption that Claire Patterson and many other scientists are simply atheists out to prove creation wrong, when in fact science is not looking to prove creation wrong, it is looking to explain the world we know and if in doing so creationist claims are disproven, so be it, scientists move their views with the data at hand.
AiG often uses claims such as this in order to attack scientists like Patterson and Tyson. Tyson has become public enemy number one since the first episode of the Cosmos reboot aired just a month back.
First AiG demanded equal airtime on Fox to teach its view of human existence because of an episode that was devoted solely to evolution and completely debunked just about every single creationist claim.
Now AiG wants you to believe that Earth's age cannot be known through radioactive dating because it conflicts with AiG's faith-based beliefs. AiG goes on to attack Tyson for mocking the Bible as authoritative.
So what is that biblical authority that Tyson mockingly rejects? Tyson tells us that 17th-century scholar Archbishop Ussher “like almost everyone one else of his time and his world... accepted the biblical account of creation as authoritative.”
Yes, this is true, and then AiG goes on to use Isaac Newton, a highly respected scientist, to back up Ussher’s claim. However, Newton agreed with Ussher well before scientists knew about radioactive or carbon dating and before Darwin discovered natural selection. If we know anything about Newton it is that he cared for the scientific truth and one could easily assume he would move his views with the evidence.
AiG is grasping at straws when it has to look for scientists who predate all modern discoveries to back up its evidence-less claims.
Since Tyson showed the world the Grand Canyon as a source for understanding the age of the earth and using the many layers of rock and explained how old each layer is and how the canyon itself formed, AiG had to attempt, as always, to dispute that claim.