Creationists win support of FedEx

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So, I watched the SuperBowl last night (mandatory, I think, ‘cause the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is from my tiny little hometown) and saw this FedEx commercial, which has humans living amongst T. rexes and pterodactyls. Can’t wait to see this posted on Answers in Genesis as more proof that people are increasingly being swayed to the “truth” of their message–and during the biggest television event of the year, no less! They’re probably being showered with donations to their Creation museum even as I write.

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I feared a cash sum was making its way to the Disco institue when I saw the headline…

Be on the lookout for hominid fossils in a dino track.

Tara,

You got to admit, that was a damm funny commercial!!!!

It was funny. Not my favorite of the night, but good. Over at Aetiology tthread on the topic, this shipper was pointed out, which might go over even better with creationists: http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/p[…]_god_sml.jpg

Struck me as a sort of Larson view of things …

Well, yeah, but I’m not all too worried about that one, given that another Super Bowl ad implied that Hummers are the offspring of matings between dinosaur-like monsters and giant robots.

(Heck, I coulda told ‘em that!)

That was great!!! You have to admit it’s not as good without Raquel Welch tho.……

We only saw a leg of one of those “dinosaurs”! How do you even know what it is? That could have just been some giant leg creature running around! Those “humans” also looked mighty neanderthalish to me. They might have been something else.

Also, everything I saw was completely two-dimensional! That seems irreducably complex to me, given that all life is currently three dimensional! How could two-dimensional life just pop out of nowhere if it were not for an Intelligent Designer!

Wow.

This is way easier than I thought. Though I am going to laugh long and hard if Tara hit the nail on the head and that commercial is used as “evidence”.

I got the news on my bloggy as well. I didn’t like the part where the distraught caveman kicked the small dinosaur like a cat, but it did got avenged upon by a large sauropod who stepped on the poor caveman in the end.

That was hilarious.

Tara Smith posted Entry 1972 on February 6, 2006 01:19 PM. Trackback URL: http://degas.fdisk.net/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/1967

So, I watched the SuperBowl last night (mandatory, I think, ‘cause the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is from my tiny little hometown) and saw , which has humans living amongst T. rexes and pterodactyls. Can’t wait to see this posted on Answers in Genesis as more proof that people are increasingly being swayed to the “truth” of their message—and during the biggest television event of the year, no less! They’re probably being showered with donations to their Creation museum even as I write.

Creation museum? LOL. What exhibits does it have? Pieces of the one true cross. Fossilised remains of God. The ten commandments in their original. The Ark.

Sorry. The whole idea just amused me.

Creation museum? LOL. What exhibits does it have?

I dunno if the same organizations sponsors it, but there are a couple of funny accounts of people’s visits to the Institute for Creation Research’s museum over on the talk.orgins archive.

http://talkorigins.org/faqs/icr-visit.html

Stephen Elliot, Just think what tens of millions of dollars might do for real biological research and the creationist (there’s gotta be a shorter word) nutters are setting up dinosaurs with saddles in museums devoted to young earth creationism. And there are other museums being planned on top the one Ham has nearly finished.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.[…]01/505220367 http://www.s8int.com/creationmuseum.html

I doubt if AIG will see the humorous side of it but I thought it was very funny.

Didn’t you know AD that neanderthals were just modern humans with rickets and other diseases !

Posted by Paul Flocken on February 6, 2006 04:13 PM (e)

Stephen Elliot, Just think what tens of millions of dollars might do for real biological research and the creationist (there’s gotta be a shorter word) nutters are setting up dinosaurs with saddles in museums devoted to young earth creationism. And there are other museums being planned on top the one Ham has nearly finished.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Ahttp://www.s8int.com/creationmuseum.html

I hope you realise that I was only joking.

Stephen Elliott Wrote:

Fossilised remains of God.

God is dead, and here is the body to prove it.

You’ve just blown my mind!

Posted by AC on February 6, 2006 05:32 PM (e)

Stephen Elliott wrote:

Fossilised remains of God.

God is dead, and here is the body to prove it.

You’ve just blown my mind!

Why? What did I say?

I know you’ve got to be kidding…

Just wonderful - almost wants me send something by FedEx - but will have to stick to the good old British ‘Royal Post Office’ - definitely out of the Ark! (now I know that that caveman kicked the Dinosaur, I know why dogs don’t like postmen)

That commercial is even funnier if you live it that way every day of your freaking life.

You may have thought that those 2 dinosaurs weren’t identifiable but au contraire!!! The pro clearly identified from the creation research museum that the small one was a truthiomimus and the large sauropod was a velocirapture.

AC Wrote:
Stephen Elliott Wrote:

Fossilised remains of God.

God is dead, and here is the body to prove it.

You’ve just blown my mind!

I guess you never read James Morrow’s terrific Towing Jehovah which God’s body is towed to his grave. It is a satire that takes on organized religion and for good measure satires some atheists as well. Morrow makes one of this characters the author of some of the short stories in Bible Stories for Adults which is also quite good. I would recommend reading BSfA and then TJ. I would avoid the two sequels to TJ as not worth it.

(Amazon links have TalkOrigins Foundation code in them and thus will help support The TalkOrigins Archive and the Panda’s Thumb.)

You forget, Tara, that the Neanderthals on the field, and those performing during the half-time show (i.e., the Rolling Stone-agers), are a score for your side. Don’t look a gift equine in the mouth.

The recent Guinness commercial (with the Neandertals, dinosaurs, and the little mudskipper) was much better.

Here is something you can wear on your trip to the Creation Museum.

http://www.threadless.com/product/3[…]cal_Disaster

“the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is from my tiny little hometown”

Your family is Swiss? Ben’s great-grandfather emmigrated from a small town in the Emmental. His win in the Superbowl was front page news here in Switzerland(I realize you mean your hometown, not where your family’s roots are, but what the heck).

Hopp Schweiz!

The FedEx spot was okay… a little derivative, perhaps, as it’s essentially the same idea as “Bambi meets Godzilla,” a classic animated short from the late ’60s.

I didn’t see all the SB commercials, but my vote goes to Burger King for their Busby Berkeley Whopperettes number—nice pile on.

And there are T. rexes, pterodactyls and Neanderthals living amongst us… at places like the DI, for example. ; ^ )

Did anyone in the UK see Paul Taylor from AIG last night ? The sad thing was that the guy who was on with him runs a christian school, like the Peter Vardy ones, and he seemed to be proposing that this nonsense is taught as science.

For those who doubt that dinosaurs lived with people a few thousand years ago all I can say is “where you there” (I’m being sarcastic by the way !)

Since there is no thread for it:

Study Suggests Clay Paved the Way for Evolution of Complex Animals

Roughly 550 million years ago the first complex animals, such as trilobites, appear in the fossil record. Many scientists have concluded that an increase in the amount of atmospheric oxygen was critical to the relatively sudden evolution of these animals. They knew that photosynthetic organisms had been producing oxygen for hundreds of millions of years, but what might have led to the apparently rapid accumulation of the stuff in the atmosphere was a mystery. Now a team of researchers argues that clay may have played a key role.

Geologist Martin Kennedy and his colleagues from the University of California, Riverside realized that clay minerals in marine sediments are responsible for trapping the organic carbon that would otherwise bond with highly reactive oxygen. Today such clay minerals form in soil when organisms such as microbes or fungi interact with tiny bits of weathered rock. The resultant clay then washes down to the sea and settles on the bottom, where the clay’s chemical properties actively attract organic carbon and then absorb it, much like kitty litter. The scientists reasoned that this so-called clay mineral factory might have produced the sharp rise in oxygen availability that preceded the flowering of complex life forms.

“We predicted we would only find a significant percentage of clay minerals in sediments toward the end of the Precambrian, when complex life arose, while earlier sediments would have less clay content,” Kennedy explains. “Because clay minerals make up the bulk of sediment deposited today, we are saying that it should be largely absent in ancient rocks.”

The scientists turned to one of the world’s oldest outcroppings of ancient sedimentary rock, located in Australia. The oldest layers from around 850 million years ago are largely composed of silt, or rock bits that have undergone little chemical reaction. Around 600 million years ago, however, clay makes its appearance in this rock record. Outcroppings in China and Norway confirmed the rough chronology.

Other data sources also nearly match. For example, rock records of an isotope of strontium–87Sr–seem to show an increase in so-called chemical weathering, or weathering that is not simply the result of rain or other natural but not life-related processes. “Exactly when the terrestrial surface gets covered by some kind of organism, probably single cell, is not really well understood,” Kennedy notes. “That’s what our study is addressing.”

In other words, microbes and possibly even fungi colonized the surface of the earth at this point in time, leading to the beginnings of a soil system that still functions today. One of the byproducts of that soil system was clay, which eroded down to the sea, trapped organic carbon and thus freed oxygen to percolate into the atmosphere. “The resulting six-fold increase in oxygen would have significantly influenced biogeochemical cycling of [oxidation] sensitive elements such as [iron] and [sulfur] and ultimately increased the oxygen concentration of the atmosphere,” the team writes in a paper published online today by the journal Science. “The evolutionary innovation and expansion of land biota could permanently increase [chemical] weathering intensity and [clay] formation, establishing a new level of organic carbon burial and oxygen accumulation.” –David Biello

See. A “gap” in knowledge. A prediction (hypothesis) is made to fill the gap. It is tested. The results are peer reviewed and sent out to the scientific community at large in a publication.

Some may dispute it. Some may alter it. Some may endorse it. Others won’t care. Eventually it will succeed or fail on it’s own merits.

But none of them will try to use politics and the courts to have their opinion shoved down the throats of children who are too ignorant to determine the veracity of what they’re being taught.

“beginnings of a soil system that still functions today.”

Come on, there is no evidence that today’s soil is functioning the same way as back then. Can anyone document the detailed step-by-step incremental changes from soil then to soil now? If this proposal that somehow prehistoric clay led to the oxygen atmosphere of today is true, how come there is still kitty litter???

I hope you realize that I was only joking.

Sorry Stephen, no I didn’t. That looked like a serious inquiry into lunacy to me. Still I think its good to point out to lurkers every now and then that creation science(to include ID) isn’t just wrong. It’s worse than useless; its dangerous. Mrs. Smith has posted numerous times about the dangers posed our country by micro-organisms. Yet the best our anti-science administration can do is mouth a few platitudes in a SotU address and throw so much money down the toilet hole that is Iraq* that we now have no choice but to cut the research budgets for medical and science agencies. What was it Americans said two hundred years ago before a war? ‘Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.’ But what is it today? Tens of millions for tribute to anti-science, voluntarily given to fight the great atheist, evilutionist, darwinian conspiracy; but just try dragging the tax dollars out of people to actually develop the defenses that would truly protect this country. Wait until the next serious pandemic or truly widespread bio-weapons attack. It won’t be the creationist museums the victims go to, it will be the ‘evil materialist science supported’ hospitals. If there is any science available to support them.

Sincerely, Paul

*yes, I know, entitlements are the country’s biggest economic problem, but I’m not going there

Re “there is no evidence that today’s soil is functioning the same way as back then.”

Yeah, but it’s still dirt!

Henry

I find it interesting that the top of their Web site says “Upholding the Authority of the Bible from the Very First Verse”. Does that mean they believe Adam and Eve were made at the same time, rather than that Eve was made from Adam, since the first version is comes first in the Bible (ch. 1:27 vs. 2:20-22)?

I call for an investigation by the Humane Society. Two animals were physically abused in the making of that spot - in the case of the pterodactyl, almost certainly fatally.

(Funniest durned thing I’ve seen off the tube in a while - thanks for posting this, Tara.)

Re “in the case of the pterodactyl, almost certainly fatally.”

Yeah, it seems to have wiped out the whole species (or is it genus?).

(Well, unless one counts those escapees at the end of Jurassic Park 3… )

Henry

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