The 2005 Megacreation Conference

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Get your tickets now! The 2005 Megacreation Conference is scheduled to start July 17, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The conference website is co-sponsored by Answers in Genesis and Liberty University, and is aimed at: “Equipping Christians to defend and proclaim the Gospel in today’s culture! Featuring a stunning lineup of the world’s greatest minds in creation apologetics presenting their premier presentations.”

I would suggest that we try and get someone from the east coast to go and give reports to PT, but the conference is running for five days straight and I’m not sure anyone would want to spend their whole summer vacation at a YEC conference.

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Damn. I’ll be in Virginia then, but I’ll be working full time on the Governor’s race. I’d love to check these people out, see what’s the new word at the creationist trade show/circus.

Well there are plenty of events sponsored by AiG that don’t last five days that we can get commentary on. And if one goes to the five-day event, certainly one need not attend the whole thing: indeed no one can given the existence of more than one track of programing. And if it is anything like science fiction and fantasy cons, there will be a dealers room and con suit. :-) And each speakers’ presentations can be analysed independently. So if someone can only go to a little bit and report back that is fine.

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I just went over to AIG and punched in “starlight problem.” It’s quite hilarious how they try to reconcile the billions of light-years starlight might take to reach Earth with creation 6000 years ago. Of course, this topic is dealt with in the “advanced track” of the MegaConference.

It occurs to me that many of us could moonlight for AIG and make some good dollars writing scientifc sounding nonsense! I wonder if that’s what is, in fact, happening.

What’s their rate per word? For 25¢/word, I’ll start writing up some pseudoscience Right Now. I’ll get Gould’s 1000 page explanation of evolution, critique it line-by-line, and have a new Nissan by May.

‘Course, I wouldn’t use my real name. If you ever see AiG articles by Dr. Charlie Heddle, or Rayment O’Brien, MD, you’ll know what happened.

Will it be any different, in its essence, than what H.L. Mencken described in “The Hills of Zion” (A Mencken Chrestomathy, 1949; first printed in the Baltimore Evening Sun)?

Alan Sokal did a masterful job of exposing the fraud of Social Text a few years back. Doing something similar with the Lynchburg folks would be a breeze. Anyone want a co-author a piece?

Clearly not with my butchered prose. Sorry about that.

I don’t know that it wouldn’t be fun. (That is the middle of the best albacore tuna season, but hey sacrifices are to be made).

I’ll be open to donations, say a minimum of $25 US a pop? Travel would be about $500, and $175 per diem. Say another $500 for “contingencies,” and $125 for “gratuities.”

$2,000 and I’m on my way. I promise a twice daily blog, and a minimum of one online interview per day.

What do you think?

No, but if you get turned down at the door, i’ll buy you a shirt that says

DARWIN IS FOR QUEERS

if it’ll help you get in.

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There is an easy and legitimate way for you all to get in: just collect all the arguments posted on PT against cosmological ID and submit a paper. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made you a keynote speaker.

Bayesian Bouffant – I crack up every time I read that, too.

“World’s Greatest Minds in Sasquatch Biology” “World’s Greatest Minds in Telekinetics and ESP Studies” “World’s Greatest Minds in Holocaust Denial” “World’s Greatest Minds in Lunar Landing Denial”

and we certainly can’t forget

“World’s Greatest Minds in Selling Anti-science Garbage to the Masses”

The latter symposium is open to any who want to attend. Only $29.95/day not including meals and lodging! Each attendee receives a free soft-cover glossy booklet with color photos and descriptions of all the talks! As a bonus, each participant will also recieve a coupon for $5 off a subscription to Bobby Maddex’s new magazine, “Creationist Lies and How to Recite Them.”

I’m reminded of Alan Sokal’s Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity paper, which holed post-modernism below the waterline. If the World’s Greatest Minds in Creation Apologetics are really clued in about science, it will be impossible to slip something similar past them, right? So it’s not even worth bothering to think about that…

R

Jason Rosenhouse (James Madison Univerisity, Harrisonburg, VA) or Paul Gross (UVa, Charlottesville) are in Virginia.

Nick wrote:

I would suggest that we try and get someone from the east coast to go and give reports to PT, but the conference is running for five days straight and I’m not sure anyone would want to spend their whole summer vacation at a YEC conference.

Of course, I might be willing to go myself, as my IDEA chapter is based in Fairfax Virginia. So if PandasThumb commissions me to report, I might consider going, and then I’ll offer my thoroughly unbiased perspective on what looks to be a wonderful, fruitful, and enlightening conference on undiluted Young Earth Creationism. :-)

Salvador

wow…just wow…you are really missing something. Why so bitter?

I note that there’s nobody speaking on Intelligent Design though. Wonder why?

Gary Hurd Wrote:

I’ll be open to donations, say a minimum of $25 US a pop? Travel would be about $500, and $175 per diem. Say another $500 for “contingencies,” and $125 for “gratuities.”

$2,000 and I’m on my way. I promise a twice daily blog, and a minimum of one online interview per day.

Sounds like the perfect recipe for Fear and Loathing in Lynchburg as a tribute to HST. I’ll see if I can get someone at Rolling Stone on the phone. Can I be your Ralph Steadman? ;^)

If you are not one of the “world’s greatest minds in creation apologetics” and need to whip your flabby grasp of Creation “science” into shape before the conference, you could attend Kent ‘Dr. Dino’ Hovind’s Creation boot camp first, May 13,14,15 2005.

Hosted by Marcus Pointe Baptist Church and Creation Science Evangelism.

Or, you could just read this web page

http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/lie/lie.html

Learn these techniques and you will be able to deceive with the best of them.

racingiron,

Sure! Why not hit them up for $4K and we’ll have a real party.

I agree that conference will be a waste of time. I think the one in Topeka Kansas next month will be much more effective in laying to rest the Darwimpian fairy tale once and for all.

John A. Davison

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