"Pseudoscience is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but which does not adhere to a valid scientific method, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status. Pseudoscience is often characterized by the use of vague, exaggerated or unprovable claims, an over-reliance on confirmation rather than rigorous attempts at refutation, a lack of openess to evaluation by other experts, and a general absense of systematic processes to rationally develop theories."
Creation 'science' is listed as an example of pseudoscience.
That's creationism for you. Creationist websites and books and all their followers spout unscientific claims, blinkered by their religious beliefs, ignoring scientific evidence. Even more absurd, is they steal scientific words, change the meaning to suit themselves and come up with an outrageous fairy tale they then have the audacity to call science.
I read several creationists websites looking for silly quotes. It was akin to trawling through sewage.
As a person that has studied science in depth, I can see how one that doesn't know much about science could be confused by these websites. They're very bold in their claim that evolution scientists are liars. Add to that any other branch of science that has findings that conflicts with the bible including dating of ancient civilisations by archaeology, radioisotope dating (physics and chemistry), genome ancestory (using genetics) and rock layers (geology).
|Succession of fossils in rock layers|
Anything that doesn't fit their narrow black and white beliefs gets dismissed as a lie, or otherwise 'interpreted' in a completely unscientific manner to suit themselves. They misconstrue science - twisting it to present it dishonestly. They come up with a story and which someone with any real science knowledge is laughing too hard to try to swallow. Then they reaffirm that they are right and scientists are wrong when they haven't even proven a thing!
|Evolution is not stepwise with humans as the pinnacle|
All About Science is a creationist website fraudulently posing as science.
Young Earth Creationists like Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis are the most hilarious.
They say the dates for early civilizations that existed before biblical times couldn't possibly be right, so they come up with some concoction to put the civilisations and pyramids after Noah's flood (and there is no geological evidence for a single worldwide flood).
They believe Earth was created only 6000 years ago. Apparently, God wasn't happy with his creation, so destroyed most of it in a global flood 2000 years later (which is the reason for fossils and mountains, they say). Everyone was supposedly speaking the same language until a hundred years later when God confused their languages at the tower of Babel.
After realising that all the species of animals could not have possibly fitted on Noah's ark, they've come up with a story of 'created kinds' where animals evolve partially. All species of cats from a cat pair that stepped of the ark (there are around 36 living species of wild cats), but cats are not related to dogs. Some creationists claim that baby dinosaurs and unicorns (mythical creatures) went on the ark. It's interesting how creationists are using partial evolution (although incorrectly) now in their bid to 'disprove' evolution.
|Carnivore Evolution showing how closely related dogs and cats are|
They use deception (lying for Jesus). Creationists point out each other's lies. Old Earth Creationists pointed out the deception of Young Earth Creationist's radioactive dating project. They claim that genetics contradicts with evolution, citing Mendel's early studies with peas - another lie. Mendel and Darwin's early works complement each other and led to the developments in modern genetics. Genome studies and a huge fossil record confirm evolution.
|Simplified evolution tree|
More detailed evolution tree
Creationists are easily fooled by external appearances. They see humans as being the pinnacle of creation and very complex. They are hung up on how something more 'complex' could evolve from something more 'simple'. Genome studies have shown their thinking to be erroneous, as many 'simpler' looking animals and plants have genomes (genetic information) far larger than humans. The amoeba has the biggest genome so far, so looking like a 'simple' blob has fooled creationists.
|Don't be fooled by appearances - Amoeba has bigger genome than us|
Jeremy Wells, a Moonie who set out to get his PhD so he could 'destroy Darwinism' uses deception. He confuses social 'Darwinism' (social 'science') with evolution (science). He claims that Haeckel's fraudulent drawings of embryos are to teach evolution (meanwhile side-stepping how similar embryos of different animals really are). How Wells got awarded a PhD, I cannot fathom.
|Dolphin embryo showing hind limb buds (not much different from human)|
Wells and other creationists use Darwin as a scapegoat for Hitler's racism and eugenics, but twisting his quotes for their dishonest means. Meanwhile, they ignore that the 'great' Christian reformist Martin Luther and his anti-Jew writings inspired Hitler to murder. Creationists also ignore the way slavery and racism was justified with the bible for centuries. It was believed (and some still believe) that black people have the cursed skin of Cain.
|Echidna - only other known monotreme & closest relative to platypus|
Creationists like to claim that animals like the platypus present a problem for evolution. They make out the playtpus is part-duck, part-reptile and part-beaver - a chimera as a joke from God. This is another lie. The platypus and its cousin, the echidna (spiny anteater) are monotremes - they poo, wee and lay eggs out of the same hole like reptiles. The platypus genome reveals that it is a mammal that split earlier than placental mammals and marsupials (pouched animals) from reptiles. The bill and venom are chemically, genetically and physiologically nothing like a duck's bill or snake's venom - these evolved independently.
|Monotremes (platypus and echidna) branched off earlier than other mammals|
|Vertebrate Evolution showing monotremes (playtpus).|
Creationists have no good answer to how monotremes and marsupials (140 species) came to be almost exclusively in Australia. A few marsupial possums are found in South America. Again, so they can disagree with evolution and because they are fooled by appearances, they claim that reproduction is a 'minor issue' and that marsupial animals have a placental pair and are of the same 'kind' that converted to marsupials in Australia after they moved their after Noah's flood. They ignore the scientific evidence that marsupial mammals are not closely related to placental mammals that might look similar at first glance.
|Evolution of marsupials started when South America and Australia were joined|
|Creationists are easily fooled by external appearances|
Unfortunately, the evolution is not taught correctly in schools, particularly in the Bible Belt of the US. If taught correctly, evolution is easy to understand. Instead, schools in the Bible Belt are backwards like this: