Remember banana man?
According to Phil Plait, he has a blog! It’s only a little stupider than the banana video, which leads me to wonder if Ray Comfort is actually an actor who’s a closet evolutionist making creationists look stupider than they actually are. Creationists can’t be that stupid, can they? Oh… I am so tempted to invoke Poe’s law on Ray Comfort.
Right then, from his latest blog post on the Phoenix lander…
Pasadena scientists rejoiced recently when their robot landed on Mars. Their expedition cost $420 million, took years to plan, and required an amazing ten months for the flight. The robot will collect soil samples and look for evidence that Mars could support life. Does the red planet have the “building blocks of life”?
First of all, the Phoenix lander cost us less than we spend in a day fighting the Iraq War.
Considering that creationists believe that God shaped Adam from the dust and breathed life into his nostrils, then Mars does have what the creationists believe are the building blocks of life. For some reason, believing that amino acids and the base pairs of DNA found when the conditions of early Earth are replicated are the building blocks of life doesn’t seem as absurd.
I was excited when man first brought back samples from the moon’s surface. We waited while the amazing samples were tested. We waited for a long time. I guess enthusiasm waned a little when they discovered that God had made the moon from dirt. What did they expect? I’m sure that they will find that God also made Mars of dirt. Dirt. A $420 million discovery. How amazing.
Come on… Poe’s law will kick in any time now, right? Nobody is actually that scientifically ignorant. Come to think of it, my history teacher doesn’t know that Earth is the third planet from the Sun… but that error was quickly corrected. History teacher > Ray Comfort.
Hell, dirt can be exciting. What we found was that the moon is composed of the same elements most commonly found towards the surface of the Earth. This is evidence for the theory that the moon formed from the Earth when a Mars-sized planetesimal collided with it, the ejected matter eventually forming the moon. We found evidence that God did not make the moon, but that a spontaneous cosmic collision did.
But that’s not what Phoenix was sent to Mars for. We already knew that it was made of dirt and rocks, of course (it is a freaking terrestrial planet, after all). Phoenix was sent to look for ice in the polar region. I’m sure that they will find that Mars has ice, water ice, at its polar region. This would be exciting because it would provide evidence that Mars may have once been able to support life if it had liquid water on its surface, and we might be able to unfreeze the ice caps to potentially terraform Mars so that we can live there someday if we screw up our planet enough.
Maybe we should spend our time and money on cleaning up the dirt in our own backyard. There sure is plenty of it.
Maybe, but studying planetary science has given us lots of insight onto how our own planet works. Venus, where the temperature is a cool 864°F, is a good example of what might happen to Earth if we don’t stop global warming.
If we ever discover intelligent life forms in space, it’s a given that we will start a war and kill them.
I actually wasn’t surprised by this last part. Creationists are professionals at jumping to weird conclusions like that with no evidence.
Come on Comfort… I’m invoking Poe’s law on you a third time. Come out of the closet, I know that you’re just an actor making fun of creationists, right?
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