Yabba Dabba Doo

May 30, 2007

As expected, the activation of the Kentucky Moron Magnet — aka, the Creation Museum — drew thousands of flakes to its gates. Apparently there were even some schoolchildren taking notes for reports. that bodes not well for public education in the great states of Kentucky and Ohio.

PZ Myers looks at the opening and offers a pretty optimisitic take on its significance:

One interesting revelation was that their opening day attendance was 4,000 people. That’s pretty good, in a sense, but in others it’s not very impressive. This was the opening day of a fake “museum” that has been getting extensive media attention, and most of the US news reports have been credulous and fawning. Four thousand is inconsequential. Their attendance is going to drop off rapidly from this point on, and after all the skeptics make their one-time-only visits, there isn’t going to be much to draw in repeat visitors. Real museums have to sink a lot of money and effort into ongoing research and new exhibits; they aren’t dead and dusty halls of unchanging eternal truths, but dynamic reflections of work that is progressing.

Ken Ham’s folly is as dead as his eyes. He’s going to be relying on church groups busing in captive coffles of visitors after this, which is admittedly a fairly large audience, but it’s questionable whether that’s going to be sufficient to maintain even a static institution of that size. And remember: we’re working to erode away his audience by turning religion into a hazy memory, and without the lies and delusions promoted by the churches, Ham’s cabinet of curiousities is going to be as barren as a tomb. Let’s make marketing to the gullible religious as futile as pinning marketshare growth on appeal to the Shakers.

I keep waiting for someone to make the point that for all of Ham’s quacking about Biblical truth, the Creation Museum has less to do with Genesis than The Flintstones. I don’t recall anything in scripture about Adam cantering through the Garden of Eden on a saddle-mounted dinosaur, but that’s what this Christianist splinter sect has spent $27 million to portray. When the make-believe museum goes belly-up, whoever holds the rights to the Flintstones characters will be able to buy a ready-made theme park at fire sale prices.

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One Response to “Yabba Dabba Doo”


  1. Umm, did you read this article? 🙂

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-round24may24,0,7881591.story?coll=la-opinion-leftrail

    Yabba dabba science

    “…we’d like to clear up a few things: “The Flintstones” is a cartoon, not a documentary. Fred and Wilma? Those woolly mammoth vacuum cleaners? All make-believe.”


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