Just in case anyone sensible in the Minneapolis/St Paul area feels like exposing yourself to the wild and crazy world of Minnesota creationism, here are the events coming up in February.
On the 17th, you can attend the creation science fair in the Har Mar Mall, and you can drop in to the Christian bookstore there (with a great selection of creationist claptrap in stock) to listen to a DVD debate. I think “DVD debate” just means they’ll be playing some noise from Ken Ham and Hugh Ross, and you can watch. Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists: frickin’ loons vs. nutty dingleberries. Entertaining stuff, but not for 6 hours.
Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2007
Northwestern Bookstore (Har Mar)
Roseville, Co Rd B2 & Snelling
9:30 am – 11:30 am (sessions 1-4)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (sessions 5-8)
7:00pm-9:00pm (sessions 9-10 & discussion)
In conjunction with the
Science Fair at the Mall
Student Science Exhibits on display
Both Events Free
There are also monthly meetings of our local creationists. Anyone want to drop in and report back?
Creation Science Discussion Group
Har Mar Mall Snelling & Co Rd B Roseville
Saturday February 24th 2007 7:00pm
Meet in the cozy conference room behind Customer Service
Group leader: Darrell Ayers
TCCSA Monthly Meetings
Twin Cities Creation Science Association
And then we have a set of special seminars this spring. Oh, boy.
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Bruce Malone of Search for Truth
“Explosive Evidence for Creation:
Mount St. Helens,”
Totino Fine Arts Center, Room 116
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 pm
Ian Taylor of Creation Moments
“How Smart Was Adam? (Could Evolution produce A Genius?)”
Nazareth Hall Chapel
Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Dr. John Baumgardner of ICR
“Carbon 14 Dating & A Young Earth”
Nazareth Hall Chapel
OTHER MEETINGS WITH DR. BAUMGARDNER
Wednesday, April 18, Noon
Bring Your Own Bag Lunch Seminar
University of Minnesota Chemistry Department
Wednesday, April 18, 2:30 pm
Seminar for undergraduate students and staff
Augsburg College Chemistry Department
The Baumgardner seminar at the UMTC is a little odd; there’s no mention of it in the list of chemistry seminars. I know the creationists love to book auditoriums in the UM science buildings to give them that veneer of legitimacy, even when the scientists in those buildings are not endorsing that use and think the whole affair is a big joke, and this may be a similar situation. The Augsburg seminar might be a similar use of a university building, but since they don’t have an online list of seminars, it isn’t quite as easy to check.
I’m afraid I can’t quite see myself making the effort to attend any of these wacky events, but the TCCSA was nice enough to list some other, serious evolution-related events, including these two which I will be attending. Skip the creationist crapola and come to:
- Understanding Evolution Tuesday, February 13, 6 p.m. Cafe Scientifique
Varsity Theater, Dinkytown 1308 4th Street SE in Dinkytown, Minneapolis. $5 suggested donation
A panel of University of Minnesota researchers discusses evolutionary biology and the history of America’s cultural response to teaching evolution. Learn about new research from Professor and science blogger PZ Myers, Bell Museum Director Scott Lanyon, and historian and biologist Mark Borrello.
- Thursday, February 15, 2007 Flock of Dodos
Filmmaker and evolutionary ecologist Randy Olson pokes fun at the battle between evolution and intelligent design. He travels to his home state of Kansas to consult his mother, Muffy Moose, and confronts her neighbor, a lawyer backing intelligent design.
Those will be far, far more informative and entertaining than anything the creationists will put on. Not as funny, perhaps, although Muffy Moose will give them a run for their money.