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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Myth watch: US government doesn’t admit accepted age of Grand Canyon

Earlier this month, Joe Klein at TIME claimed that the Bush administration has been “refusing to allow literature at the Grand Canyon that mentioned the real age of that marvel because it contradicted the Book of Genesis.”

That sounded wrong to me. And here, e-Skeptic explains:
... the claim is absolutely false. Callers were told that the Grand Canyon is millions of years old, that no one is being pressured from Bush administration appointees — or by anyone else — to withhold scientific information, and all were referred to a statement by David Barna, Chief of Public Affairs, National Park Service as to the park’s official position. [that the Canyon is about 5 to 6 million years old]

Other myths of possible interest:

Copernicus's view that the Earth revolved around the sun (not the other way round) demoted humans, as compared to previous religious views

Religious people opposed anaesthesia in childbirth
If you are interested in the intelligent design controversy, check out my book, By Design or by Chance?

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