Friday, May 04, 2007

Gore the Creationist

I find it interesting that Al Gore, a man who has based his entire existence on a concept being judged as scientifically true or false, has the gall to include religion in his talks on global warming. That is, according to a blog called antidelusionist, Al Gore showed the following:
During his live slideshow today, however, he showed his true colors. One of his slides was a quote from Genesis, which he used to show that humans are the stewards of biodiversity. I have no problem with people quoting from the bible (as long as it makes sense), but I found it kind of funny that he went out of his way to announce that he did not mean to push his religious beliefs on people by using the scripture in his slideshow. I didn't really see the need for this disclaimer, because I actually agreed with the use of the scripture.

The slide I found particularly interesting/shocking/sad, was his new(?) slide containing a graph of human population growth over the past couple hundred-thousand years. It started off good. He pointed at the beginning of the graph, showing the population of humans on Earth from 200,000 years ago, and referred to the "rise of humans."

Cool beans. So he believes that Homo sapiens evolved from other hominid ancestors, right? Nope. In the very same breath, he then continued to explain that according to his religious beliefs, this "rise of humans" was God's creation of mankind - apparently 200,000 years ago. His graph then changed to include the caption "Adam & Eve" above this starting point.

The blogger says it better than I:
Something doesn't add up here. On one hand, he is using science to predict the disastrous outcome of our current actions and rally support for taking proactive measures to make sure bad things don't happen, but on the other hand, he is clinging to stone-age beliefs that another very important area of science has proven wrong (that we humans evolved from other forms of life, and that every organism on Earth has a common ancestor).

I call this incongruence thinking. It is intellectually bankrupt to use science in an attempt to prove global warming and still cling to a concept (Creationism) that has no foundation in science. Further, I wonder how Gore reconciles his belief in a God who commanded humans to go forth and multiple as well as dominate the earth with his view of the pending destruction of mankind. Wouldn't the aforementioned all-powerful God intercede to prevent his Creation from destroying itself? I don't know. To many inconsistencies for me.

Then again, just add this to the list of inconsistencies that the figurehead of Global Warming presents each and every time he appears.


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