My Turn: It’s time for creationists to open minds to science
Despite the assertions of the creationists, we know that the universe came out of nothing or something 13.8 billion years ago (the hand of God?).
We know that this planet coalesced into an uninhabitable molten mass 4.5 billion years ago.
We know that the most primitive life forms on this planet emerged approximately 3.5 billion years ago.
Dinosaurs appeared 235 million years ago and ruled the planet for 134 million years until a wayward asteroid wiped out three-quarters of the life on this planet, including Godzilla’s ancestors.
And, no, humans never coexisted with dinosaurs. Modern humans emerged around 200,000 years ago.
It was a mere 12,000 years ago that we learned how to cultivate plants.
We mastered machines little more than two centuries ago. Think about that.
Jet and rocket engines, leading us into space, little more than a half-century ago.
The availability of 0’s and 1’s to the masses, only now. Consider that. The internet and iPads are so ubiquitous they seem to have been around forever, when, in fact, desktop computers appeared only three decades ago.
Given that time line, consider where this mastery of 0’s and 1’s may lead us.
If you think that mathematics is an obscure science reserved for intellectuals, consider that your iPhone could not exist without those math nerds. The base two boolean logic that led to our computers is all math-based. If you are among those who reject science in favor of creationism, toss your cell phone, throw your car keys into the lake, do not ask us for medical help, go live in the forest dressed in animal skins and kill your food with sharpened wooden sticks, for that is where you would be without science.
Science is not a buffet from which you get to pick and choose.
Science is about discovering truth, wherever it leads, whether it fits your belief structure or not. Given the changes that machines brought to humans in this ever so tiny sliver of time, one can only ponder the effect that these 0’s and 1’s will have.
(Jeff Field lives in Loudon.)