Time for another rehash. …
I just came across a post on a website called Reddit. The upshot was about different types of education that can leave some people scarred. The fact is that we are all scarred. The British state school system forces you to believe certain things and to react in a certain way. It isn’t as bad as it was with the majority of vicious teachers culled. But it has gone the other way with rampant bullying from children that are literally bastards.
This was my reply:
I went to a good school, a Grammar school in Britain but left without learning much. Later, during a spell of unemployment I started teaching myself geo-physics. I went to the local libraries and concentrated on what I could follow in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, leaving aside stuff that wouldn’t go in and concentating on what would, trying to do it in some sort of order but being inclined to follow up interesting stuff first.
This was just before computers went viral, so I came into that when few of my contemporaries knew much about them. (I took the name Weatherlawyer because Yahoo wouldn’t let me use my own name and I couldn’t find out why (IANAL.))
OK, those are my credentials. I am a Christian, not as devout as I was once but I wish to say that there is every reason to suspect what you have been told about the likely age of creation is wrong. Both versions, probably. I have written several articles on earthquakes and volcanoes on my blog that might interest you.
When I started reading all the stuff I could on the subject, I knew that what little there is in the Bible about creation, had to be spot on, so I rejected (or shelved) stuff that stated catagorically things that were not comprehensible and substantiated. Then I started to realise some of the stuff may be wrong and that I couldn’t understand their logic, not because I was stupid but because I was logically examining stuff I wasn’t being FORCED to accept as gospel.
There are two things I have learned about science and scientists:
1. The best/most inventive/useful… are/were religious.
2. The more you learn about a subject the more difficult it becomes to accept that any of it happened by accident.
I suppose now would be a good time to give you a reason to believe. From time to time I write a resume of new things learned and rehash old points. One of them is about due now as I am just covering forecasting volcanoes. Here is the front page of my blog: http://my.opera.com/Weatherlawyer/blog/
I will go and write a stickie listing the how to forecast earthquakes stuff again. But there are two recent threads already there as stickies for you to examine.
The one on volcanoes was written just as I was finding my feet with them. It didn’t go as well as it might have.
(It could have gone worse.)