Sunday, July 08, 2007

Creationist Research Abstracts

Sorry, didnt get to write as much as I planned today... I found two more starved puppies this morning... yeah you know how I deal with that...

hehehe I think it will be okay-- I spent the afternoon sobbing to shelters, and I think I found their veterinarians :) Lesson of the day: put tags on your puppies!! Even if its just your vets Rabies shot tag, even if theyre just playing in the back yard. Jesus the Great Dane puppy I found must have cost a fortune. *sigh*

Though I have had time to play on the internet a bit, searching for Creationist Claims about ERVs, and I think I found yet another reason why Creationists dont publish their own research papers (outside of not, you know, doing any research in the first place):

Abstract

A review of the structure, function, and role of viruses in ecology is presented. It is concluded that viruses are non-living entities, similar to seeds and spores whose functions include carrying genes from one plant or animal to another. Viruses are a part of a system that helps to produce the variety that is critical for life and, importantly, they carry resistance to disease from one organism to another. Most viruses live in their host without causing problems. Pathogenesis is evidence of something gone wrong, a mutation or the accidental movement of genes, and not evidence of a system deliberately designed to cause human disease and suffering.
Even though Im in a bad mood because of the starved pups, and Im no expert on scientific writing myself, I literally laughed out loud hard when I read that abstract. For a while. Arnie jumped off the bed because my laughing was shaking it and nausing him out.

If a middle school student at a science camp turned in that abstract I would be pretty proud of them. But that was written by an adult-- supposedly with scientific training.

"It is concluded..."

**blink**

heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeheheheheheheheheheeeee! AWESOME!

5 comments:

386sx said...

I don't think I've ever heard the phrase "accidental movement of genes" before. Neither has google except for that Creationist paper. But then I'm no scientist, so hey.

Chris Noble said...

Jerry Bergman has seven degrees, including in biology, psychology, and evaluation and research, from Wayne State University, in Detroit, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He has taught at Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio and at other colleges and universities. He currently teaches biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and human anatomy at the college level and is a research associate involved in research in the area of cancer genetics. He has published widely in both popular and scientific journals.

That's almost as scary as letting Andrew Maniotis teach undergrads.

Torbjörn Larsson said...

I like the article's reference to publication in "a peer-reviewed journal" of creation 'science', as if that would make it biology and a science paper. And I went into my own fit of laughter when I found out that there really is such a publication, and that it purporst to "keep you powerfully informed". ROTFL&L&L&L...

PS. The verification is "fuaq u". Well I never!

Rev. BigDumbChimp said...

Somewhere in the body of the article I'm sure there would be a link to Sin being the cause of all sickness.

Gerald said...

How in the world can someone that educated in science, teach it at the college level, still be a creationist? It boggles my mind.