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What else can you say to this story of a Dutch creationist building a model of Noah’s ark? The story is titled “New Noah’s Ark ready to sail”, but I rather doubt that this goofball project in deranged carpentry is capable of going to sea at all, even though it is only one fifth the size of the silly boat described in the Bible; it’s actually evidence against the accuracy of the old fable, since it should demonstrate the lack of seaworthiness of the ark.

Also, they’re going to fill it with models of animals. No word if they’re also going to stock it with massive quantities of manure that need to be shoveled overboard every day.

Comments

  1. #1 MAJeff
    April 28, 2007

    I descended from Dutch Bible nuts, of the Christian Reformed flavor. My sister calls them Dutch Southern Baptists–all the rules but none of the emotion.

  2. #2 Torbj÷rn Larsson
    April 28, 2007

    There is no plan for actually sailing it, except to tow it to some place

    It is enough if an ark floats, as many notes.

    Presumably people noted sea sediments high up on land, and needed an explanation. Probably also people obsessed with a useless project (‘touched by gods’) needed to be explained, to be less threatening and peculiar.

    The biggest ‘poof’ here is the global addition and removal of the water cover. Perhaps the abrahamic gods took a leak, and scooped up the the liquid afterwards?

    Measurements show that plate tectonics catches some water, but not of religious proportions:

    “I call it the Beijing anomaly. Water inside the rock goes down with the sinking slab and it’s quite cold, but it heats up the deeper it goes, and the rock eventually becomes unstable and loses its water. The water then rises up into the overlying region, which becomes saturated with water.

    “If you combine the volume of this anomaly with the fact that the rock can hold up to about 0.1 percent of water, that works out to be about an Arctic Ocean’s worth of water.”

    http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=2241

    It is no surprise to most of us that christian texts really doesn’t hold water. :-)

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    April 29, 2007

    the 350,000 named species of beetle

    From when is this number? Thousands of insect species are described every year.

    BTW, woodchucks can chuck wood, at a rate that has been measured and published in the Annals of Improbable Research.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?
    April 29, 2007

    the 350,000 named species of beetle

    From when is this number? Thousands of insect species are described every year.

    BTW, woodchucks can chuck wood, at a rate that has been measured and published in the Annals of Improbable Research.

  5. #5 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2007

    If I took up selling t-shirts with some image of Jesus taken from some amazing sheet stain for 500 bucks a pop to thousands of people would you folks really criticize me for selling pictures that look like urine soaked sheets that I claim looks like a mythological figure or would you do a little math and suddenly become my friend?

    not to proselytize, as I understand the point you’re making, but taking advantage of the stupid and ignorant is what the likes of Dembski et. al. do.

    easy enough to understand, but hardly a worthy endeavor;
    regardless of the motivation, feeding ignorance for fun and profit only continues it.

    so, no, I wouldn’t be your friend because you made money fleecing the rubes. I understand it, but don’t expect anyone to respect you for it.

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