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There’s a new article/interview up at the Vancouver Sun about the producer of Expelled (“No Apologies Allowed: Producer defends anti-Darwin movie”), and the second comment on the story jumped out at me:

By the second sentence, I was already smelling a liar. Then he goes into the 46/48 chromosome argument. (As if that hasn’t already been answered. Further, how can I possibly believe that he works in a genetics lab and doesn’t know this?) Then, it occurred to me that this post was a microcosm of the Expelled Movie: (1) Pretending to be an expert, (2) falsely claiming persecution for ideas, (3) drawing comparisons to Nazi Germany, (4) trying to stir-up anger, (5) using bad information to argue that “science can’t explain it”. I also liked the weird contradiction: “Everyone’s on the same bandwagon … half of my lab probably thinks about Intelligent Design”.

At least several people call him on his deceptive game.

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There are a few news articles (about 10 months old now) about a large “ocean” under parts of east Asia and western North America:

Scientists scanning the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean. (Link)

With a little knowledge of young earth creationism, you’d know that the YECs will be all over this one, tying “Noah’s Flood” (“fountains of the deep” Genesis 8:2) to this new discovery.

Ah, yes, here’s one now, and a few more – already mangling the story. Even the “Intelligent Design” people (who frequently “out” themselves as young earth creationists using a new label) love the story:

Whoa. As it said in Genesis, “And the Fountains of the Great Deep burst forth”. Remenants of Noah’s flood, perhaps.

Thanks man.

Sal [Cordova, Intelligent Design advocate]

But, will they provide all the information:

But nobody will be exploring this sea by submarine. The water is locked in moisture-containing rocks 400 to 800 miles (700 to 1,400 kilometers) beneath the surface.

“I’ve gotten all sorts of emails asking if this is the water that burst out in Noah’s flood,” said the leader of the research team, Michael Wysession of Washington University in St. Louis.

“It isn’t an ocean. [The water] is a very low percentage [of the rock], probably less than 0.1 percent.” (Link)

“It would still look like solid rock to you,” Wysession told LiveScience. “You would have to put it in the lab to find the water in it.” (Link)

Of course not. This guy’s on a mission – turning “0.1% water trapped in rocks” into “Scientists confirm global flood in times of Noah”, “The scientific community ignored the discovery”, and “The findings released by the American researchers indicate that a catastrophic event may happen again”.

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