Yes, several interested friends and I, including my roommate Chris, drove to the Creation Museum in Kentucky from Columbus. Some readers of this blog may not have heard of this Museum; others may see it as a beacon of truth in a sea of lies; others may see it as a beacon of lies misleading and corrupting American minds. All of these groups are probably asking the same question: Why did you go?
We made our visit on Dec. 8, 2008. As a professional scientists (a physics graduate student at the time), I was rather hesitant to pay an admission fee to an institution that directly attacks as fraudulent many conclusions of my field, which is also partially why I have waited so long to publish this entry. Two of the friends with whom I went were also graduate students in physics and astrophysics. The rest were not scientists and had varying levels of agreement with young Earth creationism, so I thought it would be good for them to tour the museum with scientists. Several other fairly well-known scientists have visited the museum, including Daniel Phelps, President of the Kentucky Paleontological Society
, Lawrence Krauss
, a group from the Ninth North American Paleontological Convention
, and P. Z. Myers
. So, I thought I would join their ranks.
You can get some idea of the negative reactions this museum has received from most scientists via a collection of responses collected by P. Z. Myers. I don’t have much more to add to them. My photos are in the album below. The photo at the top of this post really summarizes the message of the museum: science is destroying the church and moral foundation of this nation. As I physicist and a Christian, I disagree.