On one of our tangents he brought up an article he had come across having to do with paleontology. It was an interview with a researcher called Marry Schweitzer. In her research she believes she has come across what appears to be soft tissue in the marrow area of some fossils and she thinks it is something that deserves study. If that wiggles your antennae then go to the site and read the article.
That isn’t what I wanted to comment on.
There were a couple of quotes that she offered in passing that I thought we important. She is offering a theory that is in conflict with the Established Wisdom. She says that if she is correct then scientists will either need to reevaluate the accepted age of the fossils or the theories about how fossils are formed. Either one threatens some people and is resisted.
She is good with that. She says she expects good science to challenge her theory. She gets a little up tight when they reject her data. She kind of says, “Bring it on!” because that is good science. If you know anything about the genuine scientific theory you will agree with her. Then she said,
“I learned the role of science is to disprove, not prove.” (emphasis in original)When researchers offer an hypothesis they are supposed to set up experiments that will show a true/false answer. In most cases is it impossible to prove a theory because you might have missed the one thing that would throw it out. After enough people have failed in trying to debunk it, it is promoted to an established theory which is often accepted as fact.
Something else she said resonated with me because it echoed something I read somewhere else and liked.
“If you step back a little bit and let God be God I don’t think there’s any contradiction at all between the Bible and what we see in nature. He is under no obligation to meet our expectations. He is bigger than that.”My basic belief when it comes to where life came from is found in Genesis 1:1.
(Gen 1:1 KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.The how and when I am willing to debate and listen to good science as they try to figure it out. The why is where I run into problems. I have no fear of good honest science. The problem we run into is that much of the science that is being made popular is not good science. It is based on models that were set up to show the desired results or it is edited to cut out anything that goes against the accepted truth.
An interesting article worth reading.
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