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Who is Ken Ham?
Ken Ham is the CEO, president and founder of Answers in Genesis-US, the "Creation Museum" and the infamous Ark Encounter. This Australian born creationist is one of North America's most in-demand speakers despite his severe lack of evidence to back up claims.
Mr Ham gained a Batchelor of Science degree at Queenland Institute of Technology, Australia which he never seems to stop mentioning. As an amateur journalist, I probably shouldn't show bias but this man frustrates me beyond belief.
In 2006, Ken Ham announced the opening of the Ark Encounter, a "life size" recreation of the Noah's Ark, drawing over 300,000 visitors in the first 10 weeks. This would be entirely harmless were it not a giant wooden boat in the middle of Williamstown, Kentucky and cost more than $102m which, to normal people like us, is unimaginable!
That alone angers me however his huge opposition to scientific research is baffling and, frankly, infuriating. Writing books about the "lie" of evolution and books trying to justify the actions of the so-called "loving god", Ken Ham does nothing to aid scientific research, instead brainwashing young children into closing their minds from free thought.
In his debate with Bill Nye "the science guy", Mr Ham debated the Young Earth creation theory as scientific fact yet showed little evidence. The evidence that Mr Ham did show was not substantial and very little of the evidence seemed to even make sense! Ken Ham argued everything from the reliability of Carbon Dating to the difference between 2 types of science that him and his team have defined: Historical Science and Observational Science. While these two are not distinguished between in ordinary circumstances, Mr Ham does this to explain away any evidence that does not work in his favour.
A group of Atheists from the Thinking Atheist visit Ham's Ark Encounter
The Ark Encounter
The Ark Encounter is a theme park, commissioned by Answers in Genesis-US to be a life size replica of the Ark described in the Bible within the book of Genesis.
- Length: 155m
- Width: 26m
- Height: 16m
The theme park was built to "lend credence to the biblical account of a catastrophic flood and to dispel doubts that Noah could have fit two of every kind of animal onto a 500-foot-long ark" which is just insane. With over five million species on the planet, it would be impossible to fit two of every species on the ark with enough space to move, store provisions and still have room for Noah and his family of several hundred year old people to live comfortably.
In addition, the construction of the Ark in Genesis took between 55 and 75 years but using the tools available to them at the time would be impossible. For instance, moving the masses of wood required would need some form of crane which they did not have due to the time. Since this was using stone age and bronze age tools, there is no way (even in the time frame specified) that eight people could build such a huge boat.
Regardless of the logistics of all of this, the Titanic (which measured considerably larger than the Ark) could not hold as many organisms as it is claimed to. It holds a maximum capacity of 3547 and with 48 lifeboats in order to stay with regulations. ilo.org states that any one person requires 24m2 in order to live safely and comfortably and the Ark has 4030m2 leaving 3838m2 for the more than 10 Million animals on board.
While I'm Curious...
What do you think of the Ark Encounter?
During the debate between Mr Ham and Bill Nye, Ham tried to spin that the Earth is only 6,000 years old despite the masses of evidence stacked against him.
Nye shown Ham a multitude of evidence, on piece of which was a carbon dating that Ham instantly rebutted as unreliable due to the fact that it may not have decayed the same in the past. Of course this is ridiculous since that is what all of science is based on.
Ken Ham stated that "creation is the only viable model of historical science confirmed by observational science in today's modern scientific era" then went on to show many Creationist scientists as a defence for his model.
I present to Mr Ham one piece of evidence that was mentioned by Bill Nye that was not properly address. Since we know that the speed of light is 3x108ms-1, how is it that in 6,000 years light has travelled billions of light years from distant stars in order for us to be able to see them? And that shall be my ending note; the lack of an answer for this seemingly simple question shall be the end of any argument about the age of the universe.
© 2017 Corey Campbell