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Arizona is 6000 years old?

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJul 6, 2009 7:27 PM

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Ian O'Neill at Astroengine posted this stunning bit of video featuring Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen. It's not that she says the Earth is 6000 years old -- twice, just to make sure -- that floors me. It's the casual way she said it, as if she said "I had a cup of coffee today." From her manner, it's clear that not only does she believe this complete and utter nonsense, but this is a simple fact woven into her mind just like the Sun is bright or chocolate is tasty. To her, the Earth being 6000 years old just is. Now, to be fair, this video is without context, and so we can't be absolutely sure she's a creationist. But it sure as heck sounds that way, and given her voting record it fits right in. The irony, of course -- and there's always irony when creationism is involved -- is that she's talking about uranium mining, and it's through the radioactive decay of uranium that we know the Earth is billions of years old. And she also praises technological achievements! AIIIIiiiiieeee! So while you soak that up I leave you, of course, with this:

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